Tropical Storm Isaias could delay splashdown for Astronauts Bob and Doug

NASA is monitoring ocean conditions

NASA discussed their final preparations to bring Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken back to Earth after a two-month stay at the International Space Station, Wednesday.

The plan to undock the Crew Dragon from the ISS on Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic on Sunday may be delayed thanks to Tropical Storm Isaias.

Scientists are closely monitoring the conditions of the ocean with the safety of the astronauts as a priority.

In a press conference NASA officials said they will wait for calm conditions if necessary.

“The wind speed can’t be any greater than 15 feet per second or about 10 miles per hour,” Commercial crew program manager Steve Stich said the wind speed can be greater than 10 miles per hour and they don’t want any rain or lightning in the area.

“This is to protect how the vehicle lands in the water and how the water will come up and surround the vehicle at touchdown, ” Stitch said.

When it does happen it will be the first-ever return trip for the vehicle and first NASA splashdown in 45 years.



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