SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts slated for Aug 2 return

SpaceX capsule carrying NASA astronauts slated for Aug 2 return

WASHINGTON: The NASA astronauts who traveled to the Intercontinental Area Station in SpaceX’s to start with crewed flight in Could are expected to return to Earth on Aug 2 after paying out two months in orbit, a NASA spokesman explained on Friday.

US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will gear up for the final benchmark check of SpaceX’s so-termed Demo-2 mission: a coordinated splashdown somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean that will cap NASA’s 1st crewed mission from US soil in nearly a decade.

Because 2011, when the US space shuttle program ended, NASA astronauts have experienced to hitch rides into orbit aboard Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.

Boeing Co, which is creating its personal launch technique in level of competition with SpaceX, is predicted to fly its CST-100 Starliner vehicle with astronauts aboard for the 1st time upcoming calendar year. NASA has awarded approximately US$8 billion mixed to SpaceX and Boeing for growth of their rival rockets.

Behnken is gearing up for his last spacewalk on Jul 21 forward of prepping with Hurley to depart the room station, NASA has mentioned. Mission planners on Earth will be observing climate forecasts to calculate the precise time and place of Crew Dragon’s splashdown, the NASA spokesman stated, including the date could slip.