SpaceX Return: What time will Crew Dragon land and how can you watch splash down in the UK?

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are returning to Earth (Picture: SpaceX/Twitter)

Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on SpaceX are scheduled to return to Earth this weekend, after their carrier successfully undocked from the International Space Station (ISS).

The crew made history in May when they become the first astronauts to be sent by Elon Musk’s private company to the ISS.

The mission, named Demo-2, marks the first time Nasa has launched astronauts from US soil in nine years.

SpaceX also made history by becoming the first private company to send humans into orbit.

The aim of the mission is to demonstrate SpaceX’s ability to ferry astronauts to the space station and back safely.

It is the final major step required by SpaceX’s astronaut carrier, the Crew Dragon, to get certified by Nasa’s Commercial Crew Programme for long-term manned missions to space.

So, what time do they splash down and how can you watch their journey in the UK?

What time will SpaceX and the Nasa Crew Dragon astronaut splashdown?

Weather permitting, the pair will make the first splashdown return from space in 45 years this evening at 7:48pm UK time (2:48pm Florida time).

There were concerns their landing could be delayed by Hurricane Isaias which is edging towards their landing destination, which is the coast of Pensacola, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. 

However, at time of writing, their arrival is scheduled to go ahead as planned with the official Nasa Twitter account tweeting there is ‘no impact to the timeline.’

The astronauts undocked at 7:35pm ET last night (12:35 am in the UK).

The aim of the mission is to demonstrate SpaceX’s ability to ferry astronauts to the space station and back safely (Picture: @SpaceX)

Once Dragon Endeavour enters the Earth’s atmosphere it will travel at around 17,500 miles per hour.

‘Crew Dragon will be traveling at orbital velocity prior to re-entry, moving at approximately 17,500 miles per hour,’ the Nasa website reads.

‘The maximum temperature it will experience on re-entry is approximately 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The re-entry creates a communications blackout between the spacecraft and Earth that is expected to last approximately six minutes.’

How to watch the SpaceX return in the UK

You can watch the crew return to the UK via the Nasa website and live Twitter feed.

Alternatively, you can head along to the SpaceX website which has also been running a live feed all day.

The Nasa Twitter account has been tweeting the crew’s journey, offering a glimpse inside the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour.

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