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CREW-6 SPLASHDOWN, Sept 4, 2023, near Florida, ~12:17 am ET (NASA TV begins 11:00 pm ET Sept 3)

Update, September 3, 4:00 pm ET:  NASA has updated the ISS blog and it now says 12:17 am ET, the original time.

Update, September 3, 12:00 pm ET:  NASA’s ISS blog says splashdown will be at 12:07 am ET near Jacksonville.  We’re checking to see which is the correct time, but we’ll use 12:07 for now since it’s the earliest.

Update, September 3, 6:45 am ET: SpaceX’s Kate Tice said during coverage of undocking that splashdown would take place at 12:26 am ET.

Update, September 2, 11:45 am ET:  NASA now is targeting tomorrow (Sunday) for undocking at 7:05 am ET and splashdown about 17 hours later at 12:17 am ET Monday. [NASA’s tweet said 12:15 am ET, but the press release says 12:17 am ET.]

They continue to monitor the weather so this could change again.

NASA TV coverage of splashdown begins Sunday at 11:00 pm ET. Here is the current NASA TV schedule for Crew-6’s return.

Crew-6 is composed of NASA’s Steve Bowen and Woody Hoburg, UAE’s Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos’s Andrey Fedyaev.

Update, September 1, 8:15 am ET:  CBS News space reporter Bill Harwood, who listens to the public communications loop between the Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) at JSC’s Mission Control and the ISS, reports that weather is not conducive for this return opportunity and NASA is still assessing when they will be able to return.

Update, August 29: The undocking has slipped to Saturday, with splashdown very early Sunday morning, 12:58 am ET, if this schedule holds, which is probably dependent on Hurricane Idalia. NASA TV coverage of deorbit burn, entry and splashdown will begin on September 2 at 11:45 pm ET.

Original Entry: According to NASA’s posted TV schedule on August 25, Crew-6 will undock from the International Space Station on September 1, 2023 at 9:05 am ET and splashdown near Florida no earlier than (NET) September 2 at 9:38 am ET.

NASA TV full coverage of splashdown begins at 8:30 am ET.

The full schedule as posted is as follows, but the crew’s return is weather dependent and could change. Stay tuned to NASA and SpacePolicyOnline.com for updates.


September 3, 2023 @ 11:00 pm
September 4, 2023 @ 11:00 am