NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Mission Will Return to Earth After 199 Days in Space After Delay Due to Bad Weather

NASA’s four-member SpaceX Crew-2 mission is aiming for a return to Earth on Monday, Nov. Splashdown is expected off the coast of Florida, USA. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavor, was earlier scheduled to undock from the International Space Station (ISS) on 7 November. However, the mission teams delayed their return near the splashdown area due to bad weather. The NASA press release read, “Mission teams decided to postpone Sunday, November 7 while undocking following a planned weather review showing unfavorable winds for recovery near the splashdown zone in the Gulf of Mexico.” Is.”

The mission involved four astronauts: Shane Kimbrough and Megan MacArthur. NASA, by conscious jaxa (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and from Thomas Pesquet esa (European Space Agency). According to a NASA statement, these four astronauts will complete their mission and complete 199 days in space.

In Press release, NASA says Crew Dragon set to undock from spacecraft ISS November 8 at 2:05 pm Eastern Time (ET) SpaceX The Crew-2 mission is now targeting a return to Earth before 10:33 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 8, with a splashdown off the coast of Florida,” read the press release.

Endeavor will return to Earth with approximately 530 pounds (240 kg) of hardware and scientific investigations. The spacecraft will also perform a “fly around maneuver” to capture images of the ISS’s exterior. It will also help gather information about additional and alternative splashdown locations off the coast of Florida.

Before return, the team will consider seven possible landing locations and determine “primary and alternate splashdown locations” based on factors such as weather, crew rescue and recovery operations.

The SpaceX Crew-2 mission is the second of six NASA and SpaceX crewed missions that are part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

Meanwhile, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission is targeted to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Nov. 10. The launch is scheduled to take place from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.