They did a great job with this. Good luck to them in the future.
Mission Status Center:
Live NASA coverage of undocking, splashdown of SpaceX Dragon
William Atkins Thursday, 31 May 2012 01:52
NASA is providing live television coverage of the docking, re-entry, and splashdown of the first private spacecraft to hook up with the International Space Station: the SpaceX Dragon space capsule. NASA TV begins coverage early on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
The Dragon spacecraft, owned and operated by the commercial space transportation Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station at approximately 6:10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Live coverage for the decoupling of the space capsule with the Space Station — on NASA Television and NASA TV — will begin at 3:30 a.m. EDT.
Then, live coverage of the SpaceX mission will resume at 10:15 a.m. EDT, as the Dragon space capsule prepares to deorbit and splashdown in the ocean.
The end of the mission splashdown in the Pacific Ocean is scheduled for 11:44 a.m. EDT. Specifically, the location of splashdown is somewhere hundreds of miles off the western coast of California.
However, NASA states, that the splashdown location is likely out of range of live television. [NASA (5/29/2012): “NASA TV Coverage for SpaceX Dragon Reentry and Splashdow”]
After splashdown, a news briefing will be held jointly from the NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas), or Houston Mission Control Center) and SpaceX Headquarters (Hawthorne, California), or SpaceX Mission Control.
The Houston/Hawthorne briefing will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. EDT), and be held live on NASA TV.
For additional information on the historic SpaceX Dragon mission (the first private mission to send a commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station and successfully return it to Earth), visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacex
On Friday, May 25, 2012, the Expedition 31 crew onboard the International Space Station grappled and attached SpaceX’s Dragon capsule to the space station. This marks the first commercial company to have accomplished such a task.
NASA administrator Charles Bolden remarked on this great accomplishment for SpaceX and the U.S. private space transport sector: “Today marks another critical step in the future of American spaceflight.”
“Now that a U.S. company has proven its ability to resupply the space station, it opens a new frontier for commercial opportunities in space — and new job creation opportunities right here in the U.S.”
Bolden, concluded with “By handing off space station transportation to the private sector, NASA is freed up to carry out the really hard work of sending astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before.”
Additional coverage here:
If you want to see if the ISS and Dragon orbit near you before sunrise just check with SpaceWeather.com and enter your zip code.
Maybe John Glenn would volunteer again.