Friday, May 22, 2015

Dragon Cargo Ship Returns to Earth

From the ocean of Space to the ocean of Earth. Credit SpaceX.

After a month at the ISS, the Dragon cargo spaceship undocked and shortly afterwards plunged through the Earth's atmosphere to safely splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Tucked securely in its spacious cabin, over 3000 pounds of equipment, samples, and experiments were returned from space.
The robotic arm holds tight on Dragon while maneuvering before release. Credit NASA.

With the problems encountered this spring with the Progress capsules, all cargo flights by SpaceX and Russia have been rescheduled and cargo transport rearranged. The next Dragon flight is scheduled for June 26. The astronauts on ISS have plenty of supplies for now.

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