A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule launched from the International Space Station and began returning to Earth on Friday, August 19, setting the stage for a weekend splashdown.
uncrewed Dragon supply ship left port International Space station (ISS) By 11:05 am EDT (1505 GMT), both spacecraft were traveling 259 miles above the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii. NASA officials said the spacecraft would return on Saturday, August 20.
NASA spacecraft communicator Michael Ellsworth radioed the station crew from Mission Control in Houston, “Bye-bye to Dragon, thank you for all the materials and science.” “We look forward to your return to Earth.”
NASA astronaut, “Congratulations to the team on a successful SpaceX-25 mission.” Jessica Watkins replied from the space station. Video of Dragon’s dislocation showed stunning views of the spacecraft receding from the ISS during an orbital sunrise.
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The dragon was thrown on a hill Space X On July 14, the Falcon 9 rocket and reached the ISS two days later, with about 5,800 pounds (2,630 kilograms) of supplies and scientific equipment for the inhabitants of the orbiting laboratory. NASA and SpaceX initially hoped to land the Dragon cargo ship on Thursday, but canceled the takeoff due to bad weather in the splash area off the Florida coast.
Freighter scheduled to return Soil NASA officials said it splashed into an ocean off the Florida coast at 2:53 p.m. EDT (1853 GMT) on Saturday. For the return trip, it’s packed with about 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg) of experiments and other equipment for the researchers to analyze. NASA and SpaceX aren’t expected to livestream the landing, but will likely share updates on social media.
Dragon’s current mission is called Commercial Resupply Services 25, or CRS-25 for short, and SpaceX-25. As the name suggests, it is SpaceX’s 25th contract cargo flight for NASA to fly to the ISS.
SpaceX also has a separate NASA agreement to fly astronaut missions to its orbital lab with the crewed version of Dragon. It is in the middle of the fourth of these astronaut missions, called SpaceX. Crew-4and Crew-5 is scheduled for launch towards the end of September.
Editor’s Note: This story was updated in August. 19, with confirmation of the successful recovery of SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship from the space station.
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