CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It’s going to be a busy week for the Space Coast.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission is targeting a return to Earth on Monday, with a splashdown off the coast of Florida.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour, is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station at 2:05 p.m. Monday to begin the journey home.
NASA said mission teams decided to adjust the Sunday undocking, following a planned weather review showing high winds unfavorable for recovery near the splashdown zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Aki Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet will complete 199 days in space at the conclusion of their mission, NASA said.
The spacecraft also will return to Earth with about 530 pounds of hardware and scientific investigations.
Officials said Endeavour will undock autonomously and perform a fly-around maneuver to photograph the exterior of the International Space Station.
Once the maneuver is completed, the Crew Dragon spacecraft will aim for a splashdown at one of seven targeted landing zones in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida, according to NASA.
The astronauts are expected to splash down no earlier than 10:33 p.m. Monday.
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SpaceX and NASA are also preparing for their Crew-3 mission.