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SpaceX Dragon time: When does SpaceX Dragon return? LIVE FEED


The SpaceX Crew Dragon made history last week after successfully docking with the International Space Station (ISS). The event saw the SpaceX Crew Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft designed for astronauts dock with the orbiting space laboratory. And today sees the SpaceX Crew Dragon attempt its most dangerous test yet, all of which can be watched on a SpaceX live feed.

The debut test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule will end dramatically today.

The distinctively shaped SpaceX spacecraft will uncouple from the ISS and attempt to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.

If all goes according to plan, the Crew Dragon will splash-down in the Atlantic Ocean using four parachutes.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon will aim to land 200 miles off the US East coast, at around 12.30pm GMT (7.30am ET).

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This is the last major milestone of the SpaceX Crew Dragon mission and the greatest challenge the capsule faces yet.

US space agency NASA is live streaming the Crew Dragon landing, which can be watched HERE.

Elon Musk wants this test mission to prove the Crew Dragon’s asymmetrical shape and cutting-edge parachute system can survive the perilous plunge through Earth’s atmosphere, while protecting its cargo.

Although designed to carry up to seven passengers, none will be inside Crew Dragon when it attempts re-entry this afternoon.

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The only payload, a dummy nicknamed Ripley, is loaded with sensors to gather data on the forces humans can expect to experience in the craft.

But as a vital part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, SpaceX’s vehicle will eventually be tasked with ferrying NASA astronauts to the ISS in the years ahead.

Crew Dragon will of course have to bring them back to Earth safely afterward.

The Crew Dragon’s landing technique is similar to that of its predecessor, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule, which has been ferrying supplies to and from the ISS since 2012.

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After re-entering Earth’s atmosphere from space, the SpaceX cargo capsule deploys parachutes in order to safely splash-down in the Pacific.

But it has been decades since people have returned from space this way.

NASA astronauts used to land in the ocean via parachutes during the Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab missions of the 1960s and 1970s.

But since NASA’s Space Shuttle started flying in the 1980s, all astronauts have returned to terra firma when returning from space.

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