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CAPE CANAVERAL, F.L. (WLNE) – Two NASA astronauts face the most important part of their SpaceX test flight mission comes to an end.

The flight will return to Earth with a rare splashdown.

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken participated in a farewell ceremony at the International Space Station Saturday morning, just hours ahead of their planned departure on a SpaceX Dragon capsule.

According to NASA, even though Hurricane Isaias is set to approach Florida, the weather looks to cooperate for a Sunday afternoon splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Florida.

Sunday’s splashdown will be the first for astronauts in 45 years.

Watch the splashdown take place in the Gulf of Mexico.

Saturday, Aug. 1

  • 9:10 a.m. – SpaceX Dragon Demo-2 Farewell Ceremony aboard the International Space Station (ceremony begins about 9:15 a.m.)
  • 5:15 p.m. – NASA TV undocking coverage begins for the 7:34 p.m. undocking (NASA Television will have continuous coverage from undocking to splashdown)

Sunday, Aug. 2

  • 2:42 p.m. – Splashdown
  • 5 p.m. – Administrator post-splashdown news conference at Johnson, with the following representatives:
    • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
    • Commercial Crew Program representative
    • International Space Station representative
    • SpaceX representative
    • NASA Astronaut Office representative



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