NASA has finally made a decision to return to Earth SpaceX's American crewed spacecraft Crew Dragon, which is currently docked with the ISS. The spacecraft undocking from the station is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020, according to the website of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
According to the report, undocking is scheduled for August 1 at 19:34 US East Coast time (August 2 at 02:34 Moscow time). After separation from the station, the Crew Dragon ship with astronauts Douglas Harley and Robert Behnken on board, in 19 hours should land in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida.
It is noted that this will be the first landing of an American descent vehicle in 45 years after the completion of the Apollo flight program in 1975.
Recall that the American crewed spacecraft Crew Dragon, developed by SpaceX as part of a commercial contract with NASA, launched to the ISS on May 30, 2020 after a nine-year hiatus due to the closure of the shuttle program. As part of a manned test flight, he delivered astronauts Douglas Harley and Robert Behnken to the ISS.
NASA emphasizes that this flight is the last major test of the Crew Dragon spacecraft before its certification. After receiving the certificate, he will be able to carry out regular commercial manned flights to the ISS.