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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.
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