NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are on their way home after spending two months on the International Space Station as part of Demo-2, the first test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule with crew.
The Crew Dragon was successfully undocked from the International Space Station's Harmony module at 7:35 p.m. EDT on Saturday August 1st. This happened after an ISS farewell ceremony for Behnken and Hurley, during which both astronauts discussed what the mission had meant to them so far.
"We are part of a test mission that began two months ago with the success of launching from American soil and bringing astronaut launches back to the Florida coast," said Behnken. "We are very proud to have been part of it. We accomplished the next third of the mission that was in orbit during our time and that Dragon checked during docking to make sure it was ready for the next launch of Crew-1 -Astronauts is ready if they stay at the space station any longer. "
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (left) and Doug Hurley (right) will take part in a crew dragon capsule test on Monday, March 20, 2020 at a SpaceX processing facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Demo 2 mission was successfully launched on Saturday, May 30, 2020. NASA
Hurley also discussed the work that both had done as part of the ISS Expedition 63 crew. "It's hard to put into words what it was like to be part of this expedition," said Hurley. "It will be a memory that will last a lifetime for me. All the incredible teamwork and accomplishments, the highlights of which are obviously the four space walks we worked with – literally as a five-person crew – to succeed and the part to complete the upgrade for the International Space Station, which makes it great attitude for the future. "
Behnken and Hurley are currently on board the Dragon crew and are making the 19-hour journey back to Earth. As they approach the planet, the Crew Dragon capsule drops its stem or the large ring in which it sits and re-enters the Earth's atmosphere. The capsule will use two sets of parachutes to slow it down as it moves through the atmosphere, and should then splash around the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 2nd.
If you want to watch the splashdown from home, you can find information on how to watch the event live.