Four astronauts on the International Space Station now have to wait at least another day to return to Earth after bad weather delayed the return of their SpaceX capsule.
SpaceX and NASA announced Friday (September 1) that the Crew Dragon capsule carrying Crew-6 astronauts will now leave the International Space Station (ISS) early Sunday (September 3), a 24-hour delay that pushes the crew landing to what Just after midnight on Monday morning. The Crew-6 astronauts were originally scheduled to separate on Saturday and land the next day.
NASA officials: “NASA and SpaceX are discontinuing departure opportunities on Saturday, September 2 for the agency’s Crew-6 mission from the International Space Station due to unfavorable weather conditions near the landing sites off the coast of Florida.” wrote in the update Friday morning (September 1).
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The Crew-6 Dragon capsule is now scheduled to separate from the International Space Station on Sunday at 7:05 AM EST (1105 GMT), followed by a descent on Monday at 12:07 AM EST (0407 GMT). ). But that schedule depends on local weather conditions at the Crew-6 Dragon landing sites, NASA officials said.
“The mission teams will meet Friday evening to determine the viability of the next Crew-6 landing target,” he wrote in the update. “The Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavor, remains in good condition as it is currently docked at the space station while Crew-6 prepares for the journey back to Earth to complete a nearly six-month science mission in orbit.”
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The four astronauts returning to Earth aboard Crew-6 are NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen and Warren “Woody” Hoburg, Sultan Al Neyadi of the United Arab Emirates, and Andrey Vedyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. They blast off to the space station on March 3 and complete a six-month journey to the International Space Station.
“We started out as crewmates, but now we are brothers,” said Al Neyadi, the first Emirati astronaut on the International Space Station for a long time. He said on X (formerly known as Twitter) on August 31). “Over the past six months, I have acquired a new family – with whom I have shared experiences, traditions and cultures, enjoying beautiful and challenging moments while creating unforgettable memories together.”
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