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Crew Dragon astronauts pack up for return to Earth

Posted On: 1 Aug 2020   |   Posted By: Spaceflight Now

Crew Dragon astronauts pack up for return to Earth

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 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.
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