The SpaceX Dragon Capsule was carrying research and biomedical experiments, spacewalk equipment, and other hardware returning from orbit.
The craft was on its way back to earth after wrapping up a 36-day mission to the International Space Station, On its return journey the craft from Internation Space System has splashed down off the coast of Florida. Departing the space station, the craft traveled back to Earth and has been recovered so that the scientific experiments inside can be sent to researchers.
The spaceship returned to Earth after departing the space station on Thursday morning and research-based information has been collected so that the scientific experiments inside may be transmitted to researchers. The unpiloted spacecraft made a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico south of Tallahassee, Florida, at 11:29 p.m. EDT Friday (0329 GMT Saturday).
It is reported on digitatrends that the cargo was loaded with 5,300 pounds of research and equipment, including numerous tests on how the space station’s microgravity environment impacts things like germs and the freeze-drying process, were among the cargo being returned from the ISS.
The Dragon capsule also contained spacewalking gear such as a pistol grip tool, torque wrench, cooling garments, water sample kits, and spacesuit components.
“Splashing down off the coast of Florida enables quick transportation of the science aboard the capsule to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center’s Space Station Processing Facility, delivering some science back into the hands of the researchers as soon as four to nine hours after splashdown,”NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
“This shorter transportation timeframe allows researchers to collect data with minimal loss of microgravity effects.”
“I want to say thanks to all the SpaceX and NASA teams and all the scientists, engineers, and researchers who have equipment on this vehicle,” “It was a great vehicle. It kept us busy for this past month doing a bunch of great science.”Shane Kimbrough – Nasa Astronaut
The Dragon spacecraft jettisoned its disposable trunk section at 10:41 p.m. EDT Friday (0241 GMT Saturday). The unpressurized trunk hosts the ship’s power-generating solar arrays.
Since 2012, this was SpaceX’s 22nd round-trip cargo delivery journey to the International Space Station. Commercial resupply flights to the station are being flown by SpaceX and Northrop Grumman under NASA contracts.
According to SpaceFlightNow, this was SpaceX’s second resupply trip using the company’s improved Cargo Dragon spacecraft, which is based on the human-rated crew Dragon spaceship design. The new Dragon spacecraft is expected to fly at least five times, compared to three missions in the previous form.
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