Lake Mary, Florida – An unmanned cargo “Dragon” spacecraft is scheduled to splash over the Florida coast about 12 hours after leaving the International Space Station on Monday.
The SpaceX capsule will carry 5,200 pounds of scientific experiments and other cargo and will take off from the International Space Station at 9:25 am
NASA said: “Long will launch the thruster to move it away from the station’s space port facing the Harmony Module by a safe distance, and then perform de-orbiting combustion to begin its process of re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.”
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Dragon is expected to make a parachute-assisted landing at around 9 pm, which is the first return flight of a spacecraft loaded with cargo in the Atlantic Ocean.
NASA said: “Splashing off the coast of Florida, the science on the capsule can be quickly transported to the agency̵
The Dragon was launched on December 6 from the SpaceA Falcon 9 rocket and launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s 39A launch site in Florida. It arrived at the station only 24 hours later and achieved the U.S. commercial cargo supply spacecraft. Automatic docking for the first time. It represents the company’s 21st resupply service mission to NASA.
The SpaceX Dragon supply module of the International Space Station. (SpaceX)
The previously arrived cargo “Dragon” spacecraft was captured by the astronauts of the robot Canadam2 operating the space station and fixed on the space station. The spacecraft delivered more than 6,400 pounds of hardware, research surveys and personnel supplies.
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