Just over two months after it became the first American spacecraft to launch astronauts into space in nearly a decade, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour is nearing the end of its historic flight in space.
The vehicle and its two astronaut crew are scheduled to leave the International Space Station (ISS) on 1 August at 7:34 pm EDT (23:34 UTC) ahead of splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday off the coast of Panama City , Florida.
This will mark the first splashdown carried out by a crewed American spacecraft and the first world-wide planned at sea landing of a crew mission since the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission in July 1975.
The Soyuz 23 mission in October 1976 accidentally landed in Lake Tengiz in the middle of blizzard.
For splashdown, this will mark the third time a Crew Dragon spacecraft has landed in the sea, following SpaceX’s Demo-1 and In-Flight Abort test missions — both of which occurred without crew.
Endeavour launched into space from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 30 May 2020 carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Robert “Bob” Behnken as part of Demo-2, the first crewed test flight of SpaceX’s Crew ...