Skip to comments.A SpaceX Dragon will make the 1st nighttime splashdown with astronauts in 53 years and you can watch it live
Posted on 05/01/2021 7:59:46 AM PDT by BenLurkin
SpaceX's Crew-1 Dragon spacecraft, called Resilience, is scheduled to undock from the space station at 8:35 p.m. EDT (0035 GMT) after delays due to bad weather at its splashdown site on Earth. The spacecraft will return NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi home after six months in space.
You can watch SpaceX's Crew-1 Dragon undocking here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of NASA TV. NASA's livestream will begin at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT) and will continue until splashdown, which is scheduled for Sunday at 2:57 a.m. EDT (0657 GMT).
"This will be the first night splashdown of a U.S. crewed spacecraft since Apollo 8's predawn return in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 27, 1968, with NASA astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders," NASA officials said in an update. The Apollo 8 mission was NASA's first crewed mission to orbit the moon.
SpaceX has trained extensively to retrieve a Crew Dragon capsule at night. In January, the company made swift work in recovering an uncrewed Dragon cargo capsule at night, NASA spokesperson Rob Navias told Space.com.
SpaceX will have recovery ships waiting in the Gulf of Mexico in order to reach the Resilience capsule within an hour of splashdown. NASA plans to hold a post-splashdown press conference at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT) to discuss Crew-1's return. In addition to its astronaut crew, Resilience is carrying sensitive science results that will need to be retrieved swiftly.
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That would make me 135 years old so thanks but I’ll pass.
If you tell Elon, I’m sure he’d reschedule it to a time that better suits you.
I am still wary of the Dragon, and think its is about due for a mishap, sorry to say.
why would say such a thing. crew dragon is based on the supply dragon
Amazing accomplishment by SpaceX. Congratulations to everyone on the team!
Just driving down the road isn’t safe.
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