NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on their way home after spending two months on the International Space Station as part of Demo-2, the first test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule with crew.
The crew dragon was successfully undocked by the Harmony module of the International Space Station on August 1st at 7:35 p.m. EDT. This happened after a farewell ceremony of the ISS for Behnken and Hurley, at which both astronauts spoke about the mission.
“We are part of a test mission that began two months ago with the success of launching from American soil and bringing astronaut launches back to the Florida coast,” said Behnken. “We are very proud to have been part of it. We reached the next third of the mission that was orbiting our time, and checked Dragon while it was docked to make sure that crew 1
Hurley also discussed the work that both had done as part of the ISS Expedition 63 crew. “It’s hard to put into words what it was like to be part of this expedition,” said Hurley. “It will be a memory that will last a lifetime for me. All of the incredible teamwork and accomplishments, with the highlights obviously being the four space walks we worked together – literally as a five-man crew – to succeed and complete this part of the upgrade for the International Space Station, which makes it great attitude for the future . “
Behnken and Hurley are currently on board the Dragon crew and are making the 19-hour journey back to Earth. As they approach the planet, the Crew Dragon capsule drops its stem or the large ring in which it sits and re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere. The capsule will use two sets of parachutes to slow it down as it moves through the atmosphere, and should then splash around the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 2.
If you want to watch the splashdown from home, you can find information on how to watch the event live.