July 24, 2021

History-making astronauts aboard the International Space Station discuss return to Earth

It’s been a little over a month since Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley made history by becoming the first NASA astronauts to pilot a private spacecraft to the International Space Station.

As they prepare for the equally momentous journey back to Earth, the two spoke to USA TODAY along with ISS Commander Chris Cassidy in an interview from the International Space Station. The interview is scheduled to be aired Tuesday from 12:43 to 12:50 p.m. EST.

They’ll be asked to reflect on their pioneering journey, their preparations for a return that will include the first splashdown of a U.S. crew in 45 years, and how the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule compares to the space shuttles they rode on separately about a decade ago.

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