SpaceX’s Crew Dragon space capsule is due to return to Earth this weekend, bringing back the two astronauts who spent the last two months on the International Space Station (ERA).
Crew Dragon is the first spacecraft developed by a commercial company. SpaceX is an initiative of Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla.
If all goes according to plan, the two astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will depart from the ISS at 12:30 am on Sunday, mainland Portugal, for a 19-hour journey that brings them back to planet Earth.
Arrival is scheduled for 7:42 pm on the same day, August 2.
However, just as the departure of Earth into space has been delayed because of bad weather, the return can also change. If that happens, it will be the fault of Isaiah, the hurricane that approaches Florida.
On Thursday, NASA announced that it still planned to move forward with the return of the Crew Dragon, but that its experts would remain alert to weather conditions before the spacecraft leaves the ERA.
Those interested will be able to follow the entire journey of Crew Dragon through the NASA TV, which will stream the historic trip.