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Crew Dragon Splashdown | Astronauts Bob and Doug Homecoming

Aug 02, 2020 2:42 PM ET | Presentation at 2 PM Universe Theater

Two months ago, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first humans to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station (ISS). On August 1st, Bob and Doug plan to undock from the ISS to begin their return home. Their safe splashdown off the Florida coast, targeted for August 2nd at 2:42 PM, will mark the success of the mission and the beginning of regular crew flights to the space station.

Due to the closure of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Hurrican Isaias, this event has been cancelled. During this closure, visitors will not be permitted onto visitor complex grounds. For the latest updates on splashdown, please visit NASA on Twitter.

To celebrate the astronaut’s return to American soil, join us at 2 PM in Universe Theater. Shuttle astronaut Curt Brown will join us virtually to discuss what it is like to come home after being in orbit and will participate in a short question and answer forum. Afterward, tune in to the live video feed of splashdown with live commentary by a communicator. After Bob and Doug return, sign the “Welcome Home” banner for these returning astronauts and pick up a lithograph to commemorate the end of this SpaceX Falcon 9 Demonstration-2 mission.

Do you remember the last time NASA astronauts splashed down to Earth? It is not surprising if you do not – the last NASA water landing was 45 years ago in 1975 for the final Apollo mission. If you are excited to witness the return of these NASA astronauts, plan your visit. This event is included with entry, so be sure to get your admission ticket.


Please note that seating in Universe Theater is limited to allow guests to practice social distancing. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that similar to rocket launches, the scheduled splashdown date, time and viewing opportunities are subject to change. The splashdown time can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well weather, either in advance or at the last minute.


ABOUT ASTRONAUT CURTIS BROWN

Astronaut Curtis “Curt” Brown, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is a veteran of six shuttle spaceflights and has logged more than 1,383 hours in space. Brown’s career with NASA began in 1987 as a pilot and he completed his first spaceflight in 1992 aboard space shuttle Endeavour. While at NASA, Brown served aboard space shuttle Endeavour, Atlantis and Discovery. He also served as the Astronaut Office Lead of Shuttle Operations and deputy director of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate. After retiring from NASA, Brown was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2013. Currently, he serves as the chairman for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.



SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is guided by four parachutes as it approaches splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean about 200 miles off Florida’s east coast on March 8, 2019, after returning from the International Space Station on the Demo-1 mission.

Crew Dragon Splashdown | Astronauts Bob and Doug Homecoming

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