Astronauts of SpaceX’s first operational astronaut mission for NASA will have to wait a few more days to return home from the International Space Station due to bad weather at their splashdown site.
The four NASA Crew-1 astronauts were scheduled to return to Earth on Wednesday (April 28) in their SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. But strong winds forced NASA and SpaceX to postpone their landing until Saturday (May 1). Splashdown is slated for 11:36 am ET (1536 GMT).
NASA and SpaceX have agreed to reschedule crew 1’s undocking and splashdown from Wednesday April 28, following a review of predicted weather conditions in the Florida coastal splashdown zones that currently predict wind speeds above recovery criteria, NASA officials said. in the statement. “Teams will continue to monitor weather conditions for splashdown ahead of Friday’s scheduled undocking.”
On photos: SpaceX Crew-1 Mission to the International Space Station
SpaceX’s Crew-1 mission for NASA launched on November 15 and marked the first operational crewed flight on the Crew Dragon commercial spacecraft. He arrived at the station a day later to deliver NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the orbiting laboratory.
Last week, SpaceX launched its second crew change flight for NASA, dubbed Crew-2, to bring four more astronauts to the station. These astronauts arrived on Saturday (April 24) as a rescue team for crew 1’s space pilots.
SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience is expected to land on one of seven sites off the Atlantic coast of Florida or the Gulf of Mexico, the exact location will depend on the weather when it returns the Crew-1 astronauts to Earth.
With a splashdown delay until Saturday, Resilience will now undock from the space station on Friday (April 30) at 5:55 pm ET (9:55 pm GMT). The live broadcast of NASA’s undocking will begin at 3:30 pm ET (7:30 pm GMT) on Friday and continue until splashdown and post-landing press conference.
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