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Crew Dragon astronauts pack up for return to Earth

1 Aug 2020, 15:42 UTC
Crew Dragon astronauts pack up for return to Earth
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Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner tweeted this photo Saturday of Crew Dragon astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken placing their mission patch on the space station docking port where the Dragon is attached. Credit: Ivan Vagner/Roscosmos
Crew Dragon astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken thanked their space station crewmates for a productive two-month visit, readied their SpaceX capsule for departure and stood by for a final “go” from flight controllers to undock Saturday night, setting up a Gulf of Mexico splashdown Sunday afternoon.
“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go,” Behnken tweeted.

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go… #LandAmerica pic.twitter.com/FvyzeA58sb
— Bob Behnken (@AstroBehnken) August 1, 2020

It will be the first splashdown for U.S. astronauts in 45 years and the first entry, descent and landing of a piloted Crew Dragon spacecraft, one of the final steps before NASA can certify the SpaceX ferry ships for operational six-month flights to the space station.
“We’re about to embark on the the final portion of the journey,” Behnken said in a brief departure ceremony Saturday morning. “The hardest part was getting us launched. But the most important part is bringing us home.”
“I look forward to the test ...

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