The trip back to Earth from the International Space Station will be a first for the SpaceX Crew Dragon and will be live-streamed to the public at 9pm HKT on Saturday, August 1
After spending nearly two months aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set to return to Earth this weekend—the reentry will mark the first time astronauts have made the journey to and back from space in a privately built spacecraft.
The duo had initially arrived at the orbiting laboratory on May 31, after the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida just a day prior.
The multi-day return event will be available this weekend through an official livestream via NASA TV, which will also be streamed on both NASA and SpaceX’s websites, their YouTube channels, and their social media pages.
The official broadcast will begin at 9:10pm HKT on Saturday, August 1, where space enthusiasts around the world will be able to take part in the official farewell ceremony on the International Space Station. From there, coverage will include the Crew Dragon’s undocking from the ISS before making the 19 hour journey back into the Earth’s orbit—all of which will be livestreamed in its entirety.
The location of the final splashdown will depend on weather conditions, but is set to take place in either the Atlantic Ocean or in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Florida at 2:43 am on Monday, August 3. That said, it’s suggested to tune in about an hour prior to that to watch the entire reentry, which is set to be a pretty spectacular sight.
After the initial splashdown, SpaceX personnel, including two recovery ships, the Go Searcher and the Go Navigato will be onsite to perform medical and safety checks and retrieve the astronauts as well as the spacecraft, which will then be followed by a live news conference.