Today Crew Dragon will make history once again as it returns to Earth after a two-month stay at the International Space Station. Descent is scheduled for 1:51 PM EDT, and planned splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, FL, is expected at 2:48 PM EDT. Refer to this NASA webpage for the latest updated information.
You can watch the live stream of activities leading up to and following the descent here:
You can find more information about Crew Dragon in one of my previous blog posts.
On This Day in History:
Forty-nine years ago today we were treated to a space flight first, when the Apollo 15 lunar liftoff was televised. Apollo astronauts James Irwin and David Scott spent three days on the Moon conducting experiments, collecting 77kg worth of lunar samples, and exploring the lunar surface in the Lunar Rover.
The camera that recorded the liftoff was mounted on the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle some 100 meters from the Lunar Module “Falcon”. Of the four lunar rovers that were built, three were left on the Moon by Apollo 15, Apollo 16, and Apollo 17.
If you would like to see the location of the Apollo 15 lunar landing site, refer to the Moon image in my previous blog post here.
M. Colleen Gino, MRO Assistant Director of Outreach and Communications