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Crew-2: Astronauts Preparing for Final Hour before Splashdown

9 Nov 2021, 02:32 UTC
Crew-2: Astronauts Preparing for Final Hour before Splashdown
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Watch NASA’s live coverage as NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet inside the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft are about one hour away from splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico at 10:33 p.m. EST. Weather conditions remain within the splashdown weather criteria and are “Go” at the primary targeted site off the coast of Pensacola, Florida.
Here are the upcoming milestones (all times Eastern):
All times approximate:
9:33 p.m. – Crew Dragon performs claw separation. The claw is located on Crew Dragon’s trunk, connecting thermal control, power, and avionics system components located on the trunk to the capsule.

9:34 p.m. – Trunk separation
9:39 p.m. – Deorbit burn begins
9:55 p.m. – Deorbit burn complete
9:59 p.m. – Nosecone closed
10:21 p.m. – Crew Dragon maneuvers to attitude for re-entry
10:29 p.m. – Drogue parachutes deploy at about 18,000 feet in altitude while Crew Dragon is moving approximately 350 miles per hour.
10:29 a.m. – Main parachutes deploy at about 6,000 feet in altitude while Crew Dragon is moving approximately 119 miles per hour.
10:33 p.m. – Splashdown

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