Historic Crew Dragon splashdown could be altered due to Hurricane Isaias

NASA and SpaceX will discuss the situation at 10:45 a.m. Friday

NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are set to return to Earth on Sunday marking the first splashdown since 1975, but Hurricane Isaias could change everyone’s plans.

Scientists spent the day Thursday identifying potential sites all around the Florida peninsula for the splashdown to occur.

Three are in the Atlantic North of Cape Canaveral and four others are near the panhandle in the Gulf.

Key factors under consideration include where the space station is in orbit when the Crew Dragon detaches and which locations will have the best weather.

The final target site and a back-up site will be selected before the Crew Dragon leaves the International Space Station.

The undocking is scheduled to begin after 5:15 p.m. tomorrow, right now it’s set for 7:34 p.m. August 1, 2020.

Scientists say rain, lightning, and rough surf are not welcome when the Crew Dragon splashes down at approximately 2:42 p.m. Sunday and NASA could also decide to postpone the return flight for a few days until the storm passes.

We will hear from astronauts Bob and Doug themselves this morning during a NASA press conference which begins at 10:45 a.m.

Nasa will also address the crew Dragon departure and splashdown at this time.

This is a developing story be sure to check back for updates.

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