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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is assigned to bring the astronauts back to earth, will start undocking from the ISS at 2:05 pm Eastern Time
  • The mission was introduced on April 23, and reached at the ISS following a day
  • The Space agency stated that the Crew-2s return will be displayed on its website and app

NASA has declared a delay in the return to earth from the International Space Station (ISS) of its 4-member SpaceX Crew-2 mission, which will now commence its journey back home on November 8 (local time). In a blog post, the US space agency ascribed the delay to bad weather. It added that the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is assigned to bring the astronauts back to earth, will start undocking from the ISS at 2:05 pm Eastern Time (ET), and will splashdown off the coast of Florida at 10:33pm ET.

NASA cited that at the conclusion of their mission, the Crew-2 astronauts will have completed 199 days at the space station. The mission was introduced on April 23, and reached the ISS, following a day. The crew includes NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency (ESA). The Space agency stated that the Crew-2s return will be displayed on its website and app.

On the other hand, the introduction of Crew-3, which experienced multiple postponements during the last week, is scheduled for November 10, according to NASA. The mission, which involves four astronauts who are likely to replace their Crew-2 counterparts at the space station, is aiming for a launch not earlier than 9:03 pm on Wednesday. The lift off will occur on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Florida-based Kennedy Space Center.

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