Updated on 10/14: SpaceX and NASA plan to undock the Crew Dragon Freedom from the International Space Station today 10/14 at 11:35 am EDT (1535 GMT) to return his four Crew 4 astronauts to Earth. The mission’s departure has been delayed by two days due to inclement weather at the Dragon’s launch pad off the Florida coast. NASA’s live undocking webcast begins at 9:30 am EDT (1330 GMT).
SpaceX’s Crew-4 mission will depart the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday (October 14) after two weather delays, and you can watch the action live.
Crew-4 dragon Capsule, with the name of freedomwill attempt to undock a third time sometime Friday, NASA officials said a tweet (opens in new tab). This follows two undocking delays on Wednesday (October 13) and Thursday (October 14) due to weather, NASA officials said. The splashdown date is also delayed from what should be today (Thursday).
“@OUR and @SpaceX Mission controllers wave it off #crew4 Undocked at Dragon Freedom today due to weather concerns at the Florida splash spot. Undocking times for Friday are currently being evaluated,” officials said wrote (opens in new tab).
When the undocking takes place, you can watch it live here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA, or directly through the space agency (opens in new tab).
After splashing down on the Florida coast, NASA and SpaceX plan to hold a post-splashdown press conference at a time to be announced.
This briefing will be attended by Steve Stich, Manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program; Joel Montalbano, NASA International Space Station program manager; and a SpaceX representative, according to earlier information from NASA.
However, none of these times are set in stone; They are dependent on good expected weather in Freedom’s potential spray zones in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
Crew-4 launched on a SpaceX falcon 9 rocket on April 27 and arrived at the ISS on the same day. The mission consists of Cristoforetti and NASA astronauts Robert Hines, Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins.
As the name suggests, Crew-4 is the fourth contracted astronaut mission that SpaceX has flown into the orbiting laboratory for NASA. It is one of two SpaceX flights currently on the ISS; Crew-5 met on 6/10 for a five month stay.
This story was updated at 3:40pm EDT on Wednesday October 10th. 12 with news about the undock delay and the updated ways to undock. This story was updated again on Thursday, October 10 at 9:17 am EDT. 13 with news of delays in undocking and spraying due to weather.
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