Monday, August 06, 2018

SpaceX Dragon: Earth Return

Congratulations on a successful mission!
SpaceX: "Dragon returned home...after its second month-long stay at the International Space Station. It’s now headed to port for a cargo handover to NASA."

The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship, on its 15th Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-15) for NASA, is seen after the capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, where the SpaceX recovery team has retrieved the capsule and its more than 3,800 pounds of cargo, including a variety of technological and biological studies.

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the non-profit organization that manages research aboard the U.S. National Laboratory portion of the space station, will receive time-sensitive samples and begin working with researchers to process and distribute them within 48 hours of splashdown.

Dragon is the only space station resupply spacecraft currently capable of returning cargo to Earth, and this was the second trip to the orbiting laboratory for this spacecraft. SpaceX launched its 15th NASA-contracted commercial resupply mission to the station June 29 from Space Launch Complex 40 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket that also previously launched NASA’s TESS mission to study exoplanets.

Credit: SpaceX
Image Date: August 3, 2018


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