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NASA, SpaceX, and two veteran astronauts are about to finish the first-ever crewed commercial spaceflight.
On Saturday, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are scheduled to climb back aboard the Crew Dragon from the International Space Station, then weather a fiery fall through Earth's atmosphere.
If the spaceship splashes down successfully, the mission will mark the beginning of a new era in which commercial spacecraft regularly ferry humans to and from space.
Here's how the return trip will work.
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Two NASA astronauts aboard the space station are about to embark on a fiery fall through the atmosphere and into the ocean.
Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley became the first people to fly SpaceX's brand new spaceship, the Crew Dragon, on May 30. It was the first crewed launch from American soil since July 2011, and the first-ever launch of a commercial spacecraft with humans inside. The ship docked to the International Space Station (ISS) the next day, and Behnken and Hurley have been conducting science experiments and spacewalks there ever since.
But now comes the hard part: bringing them back to Earth.
Behnken and Hurley must board the Crew Dragon again and hurtle back through the atmosphere — a voyage that will require the spacecraft to weather temperatures up to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said that the fall to Earth is what worries him most about the Demo-2 mission.
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The Demo-2 return trip is set to begin on Saturday, when NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley suit up and climb back into the Crew Dragon capsule, which they've named Endeavour.
That's only if Hurricane Isaias, which is headed for Florida, doesn't whip up winds and waters where the capsule might land. NASA and SpaceX will watch the weather closely to make sure it's safe for the capsule to splash down in at least two pre-selected sites.
If the wind is too strong or the waves are too high, the mission has about 50 days to try again before the capsule begins to deteriorate in the harsh environment of space.
If the Crew Dragon safely brings the men back to Earth, the culmination of the mission will officially kick off a new era of commercial spaceflight.
Behnken and Hurley have been in space since May 30, when a Falcon 9 rocket carried them SpaceX's into Earth's orbit in the Crew Dragon spaceship.
The spaceship docked to the space station on May 31, and the astronauts then crawled through its hatch to join their colleagues.
The spaceship is still sitting attached to the ISS. When it's ready to leave, Crew Dragon will retract the hooks that hold it to the station's dock.
The undocking is scheduled for 7:34 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Crew Dragon will then gently fire its thrusters to propel itself away from the orbiting laboratory.
Once it's far enough from the ISS, the capsule will fire more aggressively to put itself on the right path to its splashdown location off the Florida coast.
From there, the spaceship will shed its tube-like trunk — a lower section outfitted with fuel tanks, solar panels, and other hardware, which the astronauts will no longer need.
The trunk should fall into Earth's atmosphere and burn up.
This will expose the capsule's heat shield. After it fires thrusters for another six minutes or so to push it into Earth's atmosphere, the ship will begin to fall.
The heat shield will deflect and absorb the energy of superheated plasma, enduring temperatures up to 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. The shield should protect the hardware and astronauts as they plow through Earth's atmosphere at 25 times the speed of sound.
Musk has said this stage of the mission is the part he worries about most, due to the ship's asymmetric design.
The shape was necessary for the emergency escape system, which can jettison the capsule away if a launching rocket fails in mid-air. Though Musk said the asymmetry is unlikely to cause a problem, he worries it could complicate the plunge back to Earth.
"If you rotate too much, then you could potentially catch the plasma in the super Draco escape thruster pods," Musk told Aviation Week's Irene Klotz in May, a few days before the launch. "We've looked at this six ways to Sunday, so it's not that I think this will fail. It's just that I worry a bit that it is asymmetric on the backshell."
Minutes later, the capsule's parachutes must deploy to slow the ship as it falls through thicker parts of the atmosphere.
The first chute should release at 18,000 feet, as Crew Dragon rockets toward the ground at 350 mph. It should slow the capsule's fall to about 119 mph by the time it reaches 6,000 feet, when more parachutes will deploy.
During a press briefing before the mission's launch, Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of mission assurance, was asked what kept him up at night in regard to the mission. He pointed to the parachutes, since their packing can't be tested until they're deployed.
If all goes well, the capsule should splash down in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico — 22 to 175 nautical miles off the Florida coast — at 2:42 p.m. ET on Sunday.
At that point, the astronauts will be nearly done with a mission that had a 1-in-276 chance of killing them.
They are well aware of those odds: "I think we're really comfortable with it," Behnken told Business Insider ahead of the launch.
After splashdown, Behnken and Hurley will wait inside the capsule for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the weather and the state of the spacecraft, as recovery teams in boats approach.
The recovery teams will retrieve the astronauts and give them a preliminary medical checkout.
A helicopter will then carry Behnken and Hurley to shore. From there, they will take a plane to Houston.
All in all, the return journey should take 21 hours and 27 minutes.
If weather forces a delay, however, it could take anywhere from 6 to 30 hours.
Behnken and Hurley will bring a trophy back to Earth with them: the coveted prize in a 9-year game of capture the flag.
The American flag flew on the first space shuttle and has stayed on the International Space Station since the shuttles stopped launching in 2011, waiting for the first commercial spaceship crew to claim it.
SpaceX and Boeing have both been developing astronaut-ready spaceships through a public-private partnership program that the Obama administration started. Musk's company got to a crewed mission first.
That means Behnken and Hurley get to bring back the flag.
Musk and NASA officials have been anxiously waiting for the moment the astronauts return to Earth: "I'm not going to celebrate until Bob and Doug are home safely," Bridenstine said after the Crew Dragon reached orbit on May 30.
Musk has said he feels responsible for the men's lives while they're in his company's spaceship.
"I felt it most strongly when I saw their families just before coming here," Musk told reporters ahead of the mission's launch.
He paused for a few seconds and appearing to choke up before continuing: "I said, 'We've done everything we can to make sure your dads come back OK.'"
If all goes well, NASA will use Crew Dragon to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS regularly — a capability that will free the US of its dependence on expensive Russian Soyuz rockets.
After Demo-2, NASA has contracted six round trips on Crew Dragon. The first one is scheduled to launch in late September.
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Two more executives have left Ubisoft following an investigation into sexual misconduct at the company, Ubisoft announced Sunday.
Chief creative officer Serge Hascoët and the managing director of Ubisoft's Canadian branch Yannis Mallat have resigned, effective immediately.
The company's global head of HR Cécile Cornet is also stepping down from her position, but remains at the company.
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French games company Ubisoft on Saturday announced two more of its executives are leaving the company of sexual misconduct allegations and another is stepping down from her role, right after the company geared up for a big virtual event showing off its upcoming games.
The company announced on Sunday its chief creative officer and second-most senior executive Serge Hascoët had resigned effective immediately, along with the managing director of its Canadian branch Yannis Mallat.
Hascoët's role will be temporarily filled by CEO Yves Guillemot.
"During this time, Mr. Guillemot will personally oversee a complete overhaul of the way in which the creative teams collaborate," the company said in its statement.
With regards to Mallat, the company said: "The recent allegations that have come to light in Canada against multiple employees make it impossible for [Mallat] to continue in this position."
Ubisoft's global head of HR Cécile Cornet is also stepping down from her role, but remaining inside the company per a statement given to GameSpot.
Reports of sexual assault and misconduct at Ubisoft started to surface in late June, after community manager Andrien Gbinigie was publicly accused of rape. Gbinigie denied the allegation in a Medium post, which has since been taken down.
On June 26 Bloomberg reported the company had placed two executives plus an unspecified number of other employees on administrative leave as part of an investigation into the allegations. On June 27, CEO Yves Guillemot wrote a letter to Ubisoft employees promising to "personally follow" each reported case of misconduct at the company.
"Ubisoft has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees," Guillemot said in a statement.
The news came the same day the company hosted its big virtual event Ubisoft Forward, where it hyped up its upcoming next installment in the "Assassin's Creed" franchise "Assassin's Creed: Valhalla," and announced another installment in its popular "Far Cry" series "Far Cry 6."
The company did not address the allegations, however, saying the event had been pre-recorded.
"Ubisoft Forward comes during a time of big internal change. Because all of the content has been pre-recorded, we wanted to recognise that the issues we're currently dealing with won't be addressed directly in the show. We still have significant work to do and are committed to this process. We will provide more updates soon," Ubisoft said in a statement. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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GitHub today shared plans to open the Arctic Code Vault, an effort to store and preserve open source software like Flutter and TensorFlow.Code for all open source projects will be stored here on film with frames that include 8.8 million pixels each, designed to last 1,000 years.The code will be housed in a decommissioned coal mine in Svalbard, Norway, the same city chosen to host a global seed vault.One of the northernmost cities on Earth, in Svalbard permafrost can extend hundreds of meters below the surface.Archivists believe the cold and near-constant conditions can help in preservation.Things started earlier this year with thousands of popular GitHub projects like Blockchain, WordPress, and programming languages like Rust or Ruby, but the Arctic Code Vault will be extended to all public repositories in February.
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