LIVESTREAM: Astronauts returning to splashdown off Pensacola
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