After two months spent in the International Space Station (ISS), the two American astronauts transported by SpaceX have started their return to Earth, where they are expected to arrive on Sunday – weather permitting.
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley left theISS, Saturday afternoon (Florida time), aboard the Crew Dragon capsule.
If they land unharmed on Sunday off Florida, the two astronauts will have successfully completed the first space trip operated by a private company – SpaceX, created and led by billionaire Elon Musk.
Only shadow on the board, raise it New York Times : Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to become a hurricane overnight and hit Florida on Sunday.
The planned landing point is off Pensacola (northern Florida) but could end up in the hurricane’s path. However, to ensure a safe landing, the winds must be less than 16 km / h, in particular to allow the helicopters accompanying the operation to fly in complete safety.
If the weather thwarts their schedule, “The astronauts will stay in orbit a day or two, the time for the ground crews to prepare a possible plan B, which would be Panama City”, specifies New York Times.