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Crew Dragon Enters Expected Communications Blackout

2 Aug 2020, 18:37 UTC
Crew Dragon Enters Expected Communications Blackout
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NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavor” spacecraft during the deorbit burn. Image credit: NASA TV
The SpaceX Crew Dragon is entering an expected, temporary communications blackout now as the spacecraft, with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard, continues on its path back to Earth. As Dragon Endeavour enters the atmosphere and the capsule reaches temperatures around 3500 degrees Fahrenheit, the friction builds up plasma around the spacecraft, preventing data from being sent or received. Communications is expected to be re-established before splashdown.
Splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, is expected at approximately 2:48 p.m. EDT.

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