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On days with no wind we are able to hear the very low rumblings - they will start about 20 or 30 seconds after launch and last for a minute or two. Today we did not hear it.
 
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It's a shame such an important event was so overshadowed by other events this week.
 

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Docked! Soft cap 10:16 EDT, over the Northern China/Mongolia border. Hard Dock at 10:29 EDT. Now they doff suits and get prepped to open the hatch and enter the ISS. Hatch opening should be 12:45 EDT and a ceremony in the ISS at 13:15 EDT........

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And they're aboard the ISS!

(Sorry for the crappy pix....iPhone of my TV from my recliner. Just can't capture the image as good as the TV produces.)

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First return window is this Sunday 8/2. They’ve been helping out on ISS with 2 spacewalks but NASA is ready to send them home and SpaceX is ready to conclude the flight with a de-orbit burn, re-entry and splashdown.

Depending on splashdown site chosen (30 mins before ISS departure) it’ll take between 6-30 hours to come home.
 

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Expected Splashdown is at 14:45 EDT (about). They left ISS yesterday afternoon. This will be the first manned capsule splashdown for SpaceX and it's been 45 years for NASA. The last capsule splashdown was Apollo-Soyuz 7/24/75 just east of Hawaii.
 
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