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NASA astronauts would ride a SpaceX Crew Dragon back to Earth for the first time this weekend



After a busy two months in space, the first two NASA astronauts to visit the International Space Station in a new vehicle are ready to return to Earth – if the weather cooperates.

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken arrived at the International Space Station on May 31, the day after they became the first astronauts launched from Florida hidden in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. But this weekend, they have to tackle one of the most challenging aspects of the mission: leaving the space station, spending hours in the same capsule, skydiving through the Earth’s atmosphere and splash down off the coast of Florida.


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