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RETURN OF SPACEX DEMO-2, Aug 1-2, 2020: undocking Aug 1, 7:34 pm ET, splashdown Aug 2, 2:48 pm ET


Update, August 2:  The splashdown time has been slightly modified to 2:48 pm EDT instead of 2:42 pm EDT.

Original Entry: The SpaceX Demo-2 crewed test flight to the International Space Station is scheduled to end on August 2, 2020.

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley launched on May 30 and arrived at the ISS on May 31. They have been conducting various tests of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which they named Endeavour, and performing other tasks (including four spacewalks by Behnken).

They will undock from the ISS on August 1 at 7:34 pm ET and splashdown on August 2 at 2:42 pm ET.

NASA TV coverage begins at 9:10 am ET on August 1 with a short farewell ceremony, and resume at 5:15 pm ET with departure preparations through splashdown and recovery.

Crew Dragons are designed to splash down in the ocean like Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.  For this flight, SpaceX and NASA have identified seven potential ocean landing sites on the East or West coast of Florida off Cape Canaveral, Daytona, Jacksonville, Panama City, Pensacola, Tallahassee, or Tampa.  This particular Crew Dragon spacecraft has limited wind margins making weather a particular constraint, hence the need for so many alternatives.  Future vehicles will not be as limited.


August 1 @ 5:00 pm
August 2 @ 11:00 pm