How to watch Axiom-1 space tourists return from ISS

With the first all-private space tourism mission to the International Space Station (ISS) coming to an end this Tuesday, the crew of the Axiom-1 will soon return to Earth on a SpaceX craft.

The crew of the Axiom-1 consists of Commander Michael López-Alegría, pilot Larry Connor and mission specialists Eytan Stibbe and Mark Pathy. Their departure from the ISS will be livestreamed and we have the details on how to watch.

What to expect from the departure?

The 11-person crew aboard the station consists of (clockwise from bottom right) Expedition 67 Commander Tom Marshburn with flight engineers Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, Sergey Korsakov, Raja Chari, Kayla Barron and Matthias Maurer; and Axiom Mission 1 astronauts (center row from left) Mark Pathy, Eytan Stibbe, Larry Conner, and Michael Lopez-Alegria. NASA

The crew of the Axiom-1 arrived at the ISS on Saturday, April 9, and will return home after spending a total of 12 days in space. They will travel on the SpaceX Dragon Endeavor and will splash down off the coast of Florida. In addition to transporting the four-person crew home, the Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with the results of scientific experiments conducted on the ISS in addition to supplies.

How to view the departure?

Departure coverage will run throughout Tuesday morning and will also feature a splashdown on Wednesday evening. Coverage will begin on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:00 a.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT), when the farewell ceremony begins in which the remaining ISS crew waves goodbye to the Axiom-1 crew.

This will be followed by coverage of the hatch closing between the ISS and the Dragon, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT), and the Dragon’s detachment from the ISS at 10:35 a.m. ET (7 :35 a.m. ET). am PT), with 30 minutes of coverage remaining after disconnecting. Coverage from Tuesday’s departure will be available on NASA’s website, or you can watch it using the video embedded at the top of this page.

The Dragon will then travel back from the ISS with the crew on board, and landing cover will resume at 6:15 a.m. ET (3:15 a.m. PT) on Wednesday, April 20. The coverage for Wednesday’s landing was provided by Axiom Space, which you can check out on the company’s website.

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