(CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA) — Four astronauts aboard the International Space Station are preparing to undock and head back to Florida.
Rough weather off Florida’s coasts pushed back departure from the ISS aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon that was originally scheduled for Thursday morning.
NASA and SpaceX are now aiming for 11:35 a.m. Eastern Time today for the capsule’s departure and splashdown around 4:50 p.m.
The Crew Dragon typically has seven potential Florida landing zones off the coast of Pensacola, Tampa, Tallahassee, Panama City, Cape Canaveral, Daytona, and Jacksonville.
Crew-4’s Dragon undocking depends on a variety of factors, including spacecraft readiness, recovery team readiness, weather, sea states, and other factors. Dragon Freedom remains healthy while currently docked to the space station.
The Crew-4 mission includes NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.