After some false starts, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley made history by riding a in late May. We now have a completion date that will bring the historic Demo-2 mission full circle.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine delivered the official word that Aug. 1 is the targeted date for the Crew Dragon capsule (nicknamed "Endeavour") to depart from the ISS, with a splashdown back on Earth set for Aug. 2.
The early August return date fits into the time frame NASA had originally planned for the mission, but it's possible the date could slip based on weather conditions at the Atlantic Ocean landing site.
A SpaceX recovery vessel will be tasked with welcoming Behnken and Hurley home and with plucking Crew Dragon out of the water.
The spacecraft performed admirably on the first leg of the journey and while docked to the ISS. NASA and SpaceX are hoping for an uneventful return so Crew Dragon can go into regular service as an astronaut ferry from Earth to the station.
If all goes well with the final leg of Demo-2, thecould happen this fall, fully opening up the era for US spaceflight.