Technology SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth After Space Station Delivery

22:17  13 january  2018
22:17  13 january  2018 Source:   Space.com

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A SpaceX Dragon capsule is seen just after being released by the International Space Station 's robotic arm on March 19, 2017 as capsule begins the trip back to Earth .

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A SpaceX Dragon capsule departs the International Space Station on Jan. 13, 2018 to return 4,100 lbs. (1,860 kilograms) of science gear to Earth and end a monthlong delivery mission. © NASA TV A SpaceX Dragon capsule departs the International Space Station on Jan. 13, 2018 to return 4,100 lbs. (1,860 kilograms) of science gear to Earth and end a monthlong delivery mission.

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship left the International Space Station and returned to Earth Saturday (Jan. 13), wrapping up a nearly month-long delivery mission for NASA that also marked the spacecraft's second trip to space.

The uncrewed Dragon supply ship detached from the space station's robotic arm at 4:58 a.m. EST (0958 GMT) and began firing thrusters for its return to Earth. The space capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California to be retrieved by SpaceX, the company announced at 10:39 a.m. EST (1539 GMT). [See photos of the Dragon cargo ship's mission]

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Splashdown! SpaceX Dragon successfully returns to Earth after docking with International Space Station to deliver more than two tons of much-needed supplies to orbiting astronauts.

After a more than a week in orbit, the private space capsule Dragon is preparing to return to Earth from the International Space Station and cap off The mission is a trial run for SpaceX 's plan to fly 12 cargo- delivery missions to the orbiting laboratory over the next few years. The company has a .6

"Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed, completing the second resupply mission to and from the @Space_Station with a flight-proven commercial spacecraft," SpaceX representatives said in a Twitter update

Dragon is carrying nearly 4,100 lbs. (1,860 kilograms) of cargo to Earth, much of it science gear from human and animal research, and other experiments. That gear includes hardware from an experiment by space manufacturing company Made In Space to 3d-print ZBLAN glass fiber optic wire in space, and a group of live mice from NASA's Rodent Research 6 study to develop medications that address muscle loss in space., NASA officials said.

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SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from space station (Update). A SpaceX Dragon capsule headed back to Earth on Friday with a load of science experiments and gear from the International Space Station .

SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth from space station (Update). May 18, 2014. The commercial cargo ship Dragon returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing back nearly 2 tons of science experiments and old equipment for NASA.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Dragon mission on Dec. 15, with the capsule arriving at the International Space Station on Dec. 17. The mission, SpaceX's 13th resupply flight for NASA, delivered 4,800 lbs. (2,177 kilograms) of supplies and gear for astronauts.

In addition to delivering cargo, the mission marked a milestone for SpaceX's rocket reusability program. Both the Dragon capsule and its Falcon 9 booster made their second trips to space on this flight. The Falcon 9 booster's first stage previously launched a different Dragon capsule to the space station in June 2017. The Dragon capsule on this flight, meanwhile, previously visited the space station in April 2015. 

Editor's note: This story was updated at 10:49 a.m. EST to include the successful splashdown of the Dragon capsule. 

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