Crew-2 Astronauts Conduct First “Fly Around” from Inside Crew Dragon

Crew-2 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Pilot Megan McArthur monitor data inside Crew Dragon during their return to Earth on Nov. 8, 2021.
Crew-2 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Pilot Megan McArthur monitor data inside Crew Dragon during their return to Earth on Nov. 8, 2021. Photo credit: NASA

Crew-2 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Pilot Megan McArthur monitor data as Mission Specialist Thomas Pesquet captures photos of the International Space Station during the first ever “fly around” of the complex from inside a commercial Crew Dragon. Joined by Mission Specialist Aki Hoshide aboard spacecraft Endeavour after its undocking Monday afternoon, the four crew members departed the station after 197 days there and are in their final hours in space. They are scheduled to splashdown at 10:33 p.m. EST off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Live coverage continues on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Below is a look at the International Space Station as seen from inside Crew Dragon Endeavor.

A view of the International Space Station from inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 Prepares for Undocking

Crew-2 astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur inside the Crew Dragon Endeavor spacecraft just before hatch closure on Nov. 8, 2021.Crew-2 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Pilot Megan McArthur are seen inside Crew Dragon Endeavour as they, along with Mission Specialists Aki Hoshide from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Thomas Pesquet representing the European Space Agency, prepared to close hatches between the spacecraft and International Space Station in preparation for their return home Monday night, Nov. 8. The Crew-2 astronauts are scheduled to splash down at 10:33 p.m. EST off the coast of Florida near Pensacola.

Crew Dragon Endeavor will undock from the space station at approximately 2:05 p.m. Live coverage of undocking will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website, beginning at 1:45 p.m. and continuing through splashdown.