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SpaceX Crew-4 set to return this morning from space station

HOUSTON — After a day’s delay due to unfavorable weather, NASA and SpaceX are planning to return the Crew-4 mission to Earth today from the International Space Station.

The undocking is targeted for no earlier than 11:35 a.m. EDT. Splashdown is slated for approximately 4:50 p.m. off the coast of Florida. Crew-4 is completing a nearly six-month science mission in orbit.

Mission teams continue to monitor a cold front passing through Florida on Thursday. It brought high winds and rainy weather near the splashdown zones off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. A high-pressure system behind the cold front is expected to bring more favorable conditions for splashdown and recovery today.

Crew-4’s Dragon undocking depends on a variety of factors, including spacecraft readiness, recovery team readiness, weather, sea states, and other factors. Dragon Freedom remains healthy and docked to the space station.

NASA will provide live coverage of the upcoming return activities for the Crew-4 mission with NASA astronauts Bob HinesKjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.

Dragon’s hatch closing, undocking, and splashdown coverage will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. Follow all live events at:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

 

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