Kennedy Space Center, Fla. , After several delays due to weather, four private astronauts Undocked from the International Space Station on Sunday and headed back to Earth with a planned splashdown off the coast of Florida on Monday.
NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate Kathy Leiders announced Saturday that NASA has moved departures from the International Space Station to Sunday evening.
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“We’re now targeting 8:55 p.m. ET Sun., April 24, [Ax-1] Undocking from space station due to strong winds at splashdown site,” she said Tweet,
The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft undocked from the ISS just before 9 p.m. Sunday, beginning the journey back to Earth of four private astronauts.
Showers are forecast off the coast of Jacksonville at 1:06 p.m. Monday. Members of SpaceX, NASA and the Axiom Space team will be there to help recover the spacecraft and lift the new astronauts off their rides.
Sailors are asked to stay away from the landing zone and not approach the spacecraft.
weather is continued to delay Self-centered mission. NASA and SpaceX have seven potential landing sites for Dragon, but weather conditions must be favorable for the capsule and recovery teams. Forecasters look at wind, wave height and other factors before selecting a final landing location.
On Monday, wave height in the Atlantic Ocean near Jacksonville is expected to be less than 3 feet and winds are expected to be about 8 mph.
SpaceX launched four private space explorers aboard the Dragon Endeavor spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center on April 8. The flight was the first mission for Axiom Space’s private space program with people paying about $55 million each to fly to the ISS. Michael Lopez-Alegria, vice president of Axiom Space and former NASA astronaut, led the mission along with paying clients Larry Connor, Mark Pethe and Eyton Stibbe.
At this time, Crew-4’s Wednesday, April 27, launch date has not been affected, Ledgers said.
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