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- November 29, 2023
NASA TV to Air Crew Activities as Astronauts Prepare, Return to Earth
HOUSTON (NASA PR) — NASA will provide live coverage of the upcoming return activities for the agency’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station.
NASA and SpaceX are targeting 5:41 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 13, for the splashdown and conclusion of the Crew-4 flight, wrapping up a nearly six-month science mission for NASA astronauts Bob Hines, Kjell Lindgren, and Jessica Watkins, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. Their SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to undock from the space station at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, to begin the journey home.
Weather remains a watch item as teams track the progress of a cold front forecast to pass over the splashdown areas off the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida. Mission teams will continue to monitor splashdown and recovery conditions with another weather review at six hours prior to undocking. Additional undocking opportunities also are available Thursday, Oct. 13.
The Crew-4 farewell remarks, change of command, hatch closing, undocking, and splashdown coverage will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. NASA also will host an audio only post-splashdown news teleconference. Follow all live events at:
On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the Crew-4 astronauts will share farewell remarks, and station Commander Samantha Cristoforetti will hand over command of the station to Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev. The Dragon spacecraft, named Freedom by the crew, will autonomously undock, depart the space station, and splash down Thursday, Oct. 13, at one of seven targeted landing zones in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. Freedom also will return important and time-sensitive research to Earth.
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 return coverage is as follows (all times Eastern):
Wednesday, Oct. 12
10:05 a.m. – Crew-4 farewell remarks and change of command ceremony aboard the space station.
5 p.m. – Hatch closure coverage begins for 5:20 p.m. hatch closing
6:45 p.m. – Undocking coverage begins for 7:05 p.m. undocking with a Thursday splashdown
Thursday, Oct. 13
5:41 p.m. – Splashdown off the coast of Florida
7 p.m. – Return to Earth media teleconference call from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston with:
- Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida
- Joel Montalbano, manger, International Space Station, NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston
- SpaceX Representative
Media may ask questions via phone only. For the dial-in number and passcode, media must contact the NASA Johnson newsroom at: [email protected] or 281-483-5111 by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
See full mission coverage, NASA’s commercial crew blog, and more information about the mission at: