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Crew Dragon undocks from the ISS to return to Earth

| Updated: May 05, 2021 20:46:42


Crew Dragon undocks from the ISS to return to Earth

The Crew Dragon manned spacecraft with the Crew-1 mission aboard has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS), returning to Earth, NASA is broadcasting live.

The undocking of the Resilience spacecraft with four astronauts aboard - NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi - occurred in an automated mode at 20:35 EST (03:35 Moscow time on May 2). The crew relocated inside the spaceship two hours prior to the undocking.

The spacecraft is expected to make an Atlantic splashdown off Florida's coast in 6.5 hours.

The Crew-1 mission arrived at the ISS last November and joined Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov (commander of ISS-64) and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins who had been remaining in orbit since October 14, 2020 as part of the 64th main expedition and returned to Earth on April 17 in the Soyuz MS-17 manned spacecraft.

On April 24, another Crew Dragon manned spacecraft docked to the ISS carrying NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, as well as Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. They will spend about six months at the ISS.

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