SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

Ending a mission to supply astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of no-longer-needed equipment and trash splashed down into the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday.

The Dragon capsule had docked with the ISS on 23rd of February, and remained there for around a month to allow astronauts to unload more than two tones of food, water and scientific equipment and reload it with scientific samples, no-longer-required equipment and trash.

Released by the orbiting lab’s robotic arm at 0900 GMT, the Dragon capsule took more than 6 hours to return to Earth. It landed off the coast of Mexico at around 1600 GMT. Three parachutes were used to slow down the capsule’s final descent.

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet twitted, “Today we said goodbye to the #Dragon! … She is taking part of us back to the ground with her – important scientific samples.”

It was the tenth of nearly two dozen planned SpaceX station resupply missions to be carried out under more than $2 billion NASA contract. The company also owns a $2.6 billion contract to build a piloted version of its Dragon capsule to transport astronauts to and from the ISS.


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