LIVE: NASA Astronauts Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley to Depart From ISS, Set to Splashdown in Gulf of Mexico

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ABOVE VIDEO: NASA Astronauts Return Home in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spacecraft.

(NASA) – NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will depart from the International Space Station  aboard SpaceX’s Dragon “Endeavour” spacecraft on Saturday after their mission aboard our orbiting laboratory.

Starting at 5:15 p.m. EDT, tune in for live coverage to see the duo undock from the station and make their return back to planet Earth.

Weather is still ‘Go’ for the return journey and splashdown off the coast of Florida near Pensacola, despite the looming threat of Hurricane Isaias.

SpaceX will monitor changes to conditions until 2.5 hours prior to the scheduled undocking, when a determination to proceed with departure will be made.

If conditions are marginal and exceed the accepted criteria, a joint recommendation by SpaceX and NASA will be made whether to proceed with undocking at 7:34 p.m. EDT.

NASA and SpaceX will make the final decision to proceed after the astronauts are ready inside Crew Dragon just before undocking.

Live coverage of NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 return will begin at 5:15 p.m. and continue through the targeted splashdown at 2:41 p.m. on Sunday, the first return of a commercially built and operated American spacecraft carrying astronauts from the space station.

It will wrap up NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight after more than two months at the International Space Station.

Hurley and Behnken arrived at the orbiting laboratory in the Crew Dragon May 31 following a launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30. This is SpaceX’s final test flight and is providing data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking, splashdown, and recovery operations.