NASA astronauts begin their journey home in SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft tonight

NASA astronauts, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are getting ready to make their journey back to earth on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, after two months at the International Space Station.

They made history back on May 30, becoming the first people to launch into low-Earth orbit on a commercial spacecraft built by Elon Musk's SpaceX team.

The US Space Agency has confirmed that plans are currently set to move forward in bringing the astronauts home, with a splashdown expected to occur off the coast of Florida.

Behnken and Hurley will be undocked from the space station at 12:30 am Irish time, with a landing expected at around 7:40 pm on Sunday, August 2.

NASA is currently monitoring a potential hurricane that could change the current plans, as it edges towards the South of Florida this weekend.

During a press conference on Friday, Mr. Behnken said; "We won't leave the space station without some good landing opportunities in front of us, good splashdown weather.

The last successful ocean landing was back in July 1975 during an Apollo mission.

You can watch the landing live from 10:15 pm tonight on the NASA YouTube below: