NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Returns Home:


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Watch as four astronauts board their SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft and prepare for the journey home to Earth, after a mission of over six months on the International Space Station.

Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, and Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will say farewell to their fellow crew members on the station and close the Crew Dragon’s


NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 return coverage is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 8

11:45 a.m. EST– Coverage underway for 12:40 p.m. hatch closure


1:45 p.m. EST– Coverage begins for 2:05 p.m. undocking (NASA will provide continuous coverage from undocking to splashdown)

10:33 p.m. EST– Splashdown


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Crew-2 is the second of six NASA and SpaceX crewed missions to fly as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program, which is working with the U.S. aerospace industry to launch astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil.

With Crew-2 splashdown Monday, Nov. 8, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission is targeting launch no earlier than 9:03 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For this launch opportunity, the Crew Dragon Endurance is scheduled to dock to the space station around 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11.

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Crew-2 Return Coverage

Crew-2 Undocking

Crew-2 Hatch Closure

The astronauts of SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission for NASA will now undock from the space station Monday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. EST — a day later than planned — and splash down that night off the Florida coast at 10:33 p.m. EST. 

Previously, the astronauts had planned to depart the station Sunday afternoon for a Monday morning splashdown. They’ll now have to wait an extra day to make the trip. “Mission teams decided to adjust the Sunday, Nov. 7, undocking following a planned weather review showing high winds unfavorable for recovery near the splashdown zone in the Gulf of Mexico,” NASA officials wrote in a statement late Saturday.

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