MOSCOW (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 02nd August, 2020) The SpaceX's Crew Dragon forward hatch is closed and astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are preparing to leave the International Space Station (ISS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Twitter.
"The forward hatch is closed on the @SpaceX Dragon Endeavour to seal up the spacecraft for departure," NASA said on Twitter at about 21:40 GMT on Saturday.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft (Dragon Endeavour) has been docked at the ISS since May. It is expected to leave the ISS at 23:30 GMT on Saturday and it will take the spacecraft 19 hours to get back to Earth.
Ahead of their return to Earth, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley have thanked Russian cosmonauts for "exceptional teamwork" on the International Space Station (ISS), noting their contribution to the success of Crew Dragon's first manned mission.