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NASA Broadcasts First Splashdown of American Astronauts in 45 Years

Aug. 2, 2020 NASA is broadcasting the return of the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley from the International Space Station – the first splashdown of an American crew spacecraft in 45 years. Ongoing live coverage is airing on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Their return began at 7:35 p.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 1, when the Crew Dragon spacecraft autonomously undocked from the International Space Station’s Harmony module for a splashdown at 2:48 p.m. in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Pensacola, Florida (1:48 p.m. local time).

Return coverage is as follows (all times Eastern):

Sunday, Aug. 2

  • 2:48 p.m. – Splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 4:30 p.m. – Administrator post-splashdown news conference at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, with:
    • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
    • Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
    • Joel Montalbano, manager of NASA’s International Space Station Program
    • Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer at SpaceX
    • SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Tuesday, Aug. 4

  • 4:30 p.m. – Demo-2 crew news conference from Johnson, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. A media phone bridge will be available for this event, details of which are forthcoming

Behnken and Hurley arrived at the orbiting laboratory May 31, following a successful launch May 30 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Their return completes the test flight for the first commercially owned and operated crewed spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

For more information about splashdown locations, weather criteria and recovery logistics, visit:

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