When Will the SpaceX Inspiration4 Crew Splashdown?

Barring issues with the weather, the crew will splash down near sun down.,

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Coming up soon: The astronauts return to Earth.

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Sept. 18, 2021, 3:45 p.m. ET

Sept. 18, 2021, 3:45 p.m. ET

By The New York Times

SpaceX's Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2020. The Inspiration4 crew will conduct a similar water landing Saturday night.
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2020. The Inspiration4 crew will conduct a similar water landing Saturday night.Credit…Bill Ingalls/NASA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

After three days in orbit, the crew of the Inspiration4 mission — the first trip to orbit where no one aboard is a professional astronaut — is headed home to Earth.

The Crew Dragon capsule that is carrying the astronauts is scheduled to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida at 7:06 p.m. Eastern time. SpaceX will stream video of the landing and recovery of the capsule on their YouTube page.

In the event that weather prevented the astronauts from returning, the crew could circle the planet for an extended period of time. In response to a CNBC reporter’s question about the potential for a delayed return to Earth because of weather or other factors, Jared Isaacman, the billionaire who commands the mission and financed it, said on Tuesday they would be able to stay in space for “about a week.”

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