Two US astronauts prepare to return to Earth aboard the SpaceX capsule


They are due to return to Earth on Sunday evening, weather permitting. The first ones astronauts to have reached the International Space Station on board an American aircraft in almost 10 years, Bob Behnken et Doug Hurley, are preparing Saturday August 1 to return home, despite Hurricane Isaias threatening Florida. “We will enter the descent and ditching phase, once we have undocked, hopefully later in the day”, said US astronaut Doug Hurley during a “ceremony” farewell to his colleagues at the ISS, broadcast live by NASA.

Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley departed Cape Canaveral on May 30 in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and are scheduled to return Sunday afternoon off the coast of Florida. For the moment, undocking is still scheduled for 19:34 (01:34 on the night of Saturday to Sunday, French time) and the landing at 14:42 (20:42 French time) on Sunday.

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“The teams are working very hard, especially given the weather conditions in Florida for the coming days, we appreciate their efforts because we know these decisions are not easy.”, added (…)

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