Watch the NASA livestream of the astronauts splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico off the Northwest Florida coastline.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first astronauts to ride a SpaceX capsule into orbit headed toward a retro-style splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday afternoon to close out a two-month test flight.
It will mark the first splashdown in 45 years for NASA astronauts and the first return in the gulf. Unlike Florida’s Atlantic coast, already feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Isaias, the waves and wind were calm near Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle.
Test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken departed the International Space Station on Saturday night, and awoke to a recording of their young children urging them to “rise and shine" and “we can't wait to see you."
NASA released this splashdown timeline:
– 12:51 p.m. – Trunk separation
– 12:56 p.m. – Deorbit burn begins
– 1:08 p.m. – Deorbit burn complete
– 1:11 p.m. – Nosecone deploys
– 1:32 p.m. – Crew Dragon maneuvers to attitude for re-entry
– 1:44 p.m. – Drogue parachutes deploy at about 18,000 feet in altitude while Crew Dragon is moving approximately 350 miles per hour.
– 1:45 p.m. – Main parachutes deploy at about 6,000 feet in altitude while Crew Dragon is moving approximately 119 miles per hour.
– 1:48 p.m. – Splashdown
LIVE NOW: @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug are about to wake up for the last leg of their trip home, which will end with them splashing down in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48pm ET (6:48pm UTC). Watch: https://t.co/nsVyFC2dLE— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2020
Suit leak checks have begun @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug have begun to pressurize the suits they will be wearing as they re-enter Earth's atmosphere. Splashdown is expected at 2:48pm ET. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/KRyFRxH6Pq— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2020
Yesterday, @SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft undocked from the @Space_Station carrying @AstroBehnken & @Astro_Doug.
Today, the duo will splashdown off the coast of Pensacola at approximately 2:48 p.m. ET.
See the full timeline for return activities: https://t.co/0P42rRvIRg pic.twitter.com/vxIaSovFeR
— NASA (@NASA) August 2, 2020
Enjoy these live views of the @SpaceX recovery ship Go Navigator as it travels from Pensacola, Florida to the splashdown zone. Splashdown of @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug is still anticipated for 2:48pm ET. #LaunchAmerica pic.twitter.com/wMC9iTtjE1