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NASA reports SpaceX Crew Dragon set for Undock, Departure, Splashdown

 

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – The SpaceX Crew Dragon’s hatch is closed and the stage is set for the Commercial Crew Program’s first undocking and return to Earth Friday. As NASA and SpaceX get ready for Friday’s splashdown, the Expedition 58 crew continued exploring a variety of space physics phenomena aboard the International Space Station.

The uncrewed SpaceX DM-1 mission has one final milestone and that is the safe return to Earth with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean around 7:45am CST Friday. The Crew Dragon will undock Friday at 1:31am from the Harmony module’s international docking adapter. NASA TV will broadcast the departure and return activities live.

The uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is the first Commercial Crew vehicle to visit the International Space Station. Here it is pictured with its nose cone open revealing its docking mechanism while approaching the station’s Harmony module on March 3rd, 2019. (NASA)

The uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is the first Commercial Crew vehicle to visit the International Space Station. Here it is pictured with its nose cone open revealing its docking mechanism while approaching the station’s Harmony module on March 3rd, 2019. (NASA)

The first commercial crew vehicle from SpaceX will be bringing back over 330 pounds of science gear, crew supplies and station hardware.

It delivered almost 450 pounds of materials to resupply the station crew on March 3rd.

Science took precedence as usual aboard the orbital lab today as SpaceX prepares to welcome its Crew Dragon back on Earth.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain spent Thursday morning setting up hardware to explore ways to improve the production of higher-quality semiconductor crystals. Afterward, she relocated the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer laptop computer that researches cosmic rays and antimatter from the Columbus lab module to the Destiny lab module.

Commander Oleg Kononenko worked throughout the day on a Russian-European experiment researching plasma physics. The Plasma Krystal-4 study observes plasma crystal formation that could inform future research and spacecraft designs.

NASA Live

Friday, March 8th, 1:00am
Live NASA TV coverage of SpaceX Crew Dragon undocking from the International Space Station. Crew Dragon is scheduled to undock at 1:31am CST from the Harmony module’s international docking adapter.

Friday, March 8th, 6:30am
SpaceX Crew Dragon deorbit and landing coverage. Splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean is scheduled around 7:45am CST.


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