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CREW-2 RETURN TO EARTH, Nov 8, 2021 (undock 2:05 pm ET; splashdown 10:33 pm ET)


Update, November 7, 7:00 am ET:  NASA and SpaceX have delayed the return of Crew-2 one day due to high winds in the recovery area.  Undocking is now set for Monday, November 8, at 2:05 pm ET, with splashdown about 8.5 hours later at 10:33 pm ET.

Update, November 6, 6:30 pm ET:  NASA and SpaceX have moved up undocking by an hour.  It is now scheduled at 12:04 pm ET. NASA TV coverage therefore will begin an hour earlier at 9:45 am ET.  Splashdown remains 7:14 am ET Monday morning. The earlier departure is to allow for additional splashdown locations. There are seven different places where SpaceX Crew Dragons can splashdown on the Atlantic or Gulf coasts of Florida.

The timing is weather dependent.  SpaceX said at a press conference this afternoon that winds currently are forecast to be too high for landing during this opportunity.  They will make a final decision 6 hours before undocking. A second opportunity would be on Monday, with undocking at 2:00 pm ET and splashdown 8.5 hours later at 10:33 pm ET.

Original Entry: Crew-2 will return to Earth from the International Space Station on their SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour over an 18-hour period November 7-8, 2021, weather permitting.

As currently scheduled, undocking is November 7 at 1:05 pm ET, with splashdown off the Florida coast on November 8 at 7:14 pm ET.

NASA TV coverage begins November 7 at 10:45 am ET for hatch closure and resumes at 12:45 pm ET, beginning continuous coverage through splashdown.

The four returning crew members are:

  • Shane Kimbrough (NASA)
  • Megan McArthur (NASA)
  • Aki Hoshide (JAXA)
  • Thomas Pesquet (ESA)


November 8, 2021
2:00 pm - 11:00 pm