A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth having an ocean splashdown on Saturday (Aug. 20) carrying a great deal of science gear from the International Space Station.
The uncrewed Dragon space capsule splashed down off the coast of Florida promptly at 2: 53 p.m. EDT (1953 GMT) after just over per month at the area station.
“Splashdown of Dragon confirmed, completing SpaceX’s 25th cargo resupply mission to the area station,” SpaceX wrote in a mission update on Twitter (opens in new tab) today. The business didn’t provide live views or images of the spacecraft’s splashdown.
“Once Dragon has been retrieved by SpaceX’s recovery team, the critical science aboard the spacecraft will undoubtedly be transported via helicopter to [NASA’s Kennedy Space Center] and provided to researchers,” the business added (opens in new tab) in another Twitter post.
SpaceX launched the Dragon’s SpaceX-25 mission from KSC on July 14, with the spacecraft coming to the station two days later. It delivered 5,800 pounds (2,630 kilograms) of science experiments, crew supplies along with other critical cargo to the station.
On Friday, the Dragon spacecraft undocked from the area station, establishing its go back to Earth on Saturday with about 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg) of science gear. That cargo included the outcomes of an array of experiments on the station that’ll be sent to eager scientists.
SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon capsules are uncrewed versions of the business’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and made to ferry supplies to and from the International Space Station under a multi-billion-dollar contract with NASA. SpaceX is 1 of 2 U.S. companies currently flying resupply missions to the station (Northrop Grumman may be the other with the Cygnus spacecraft) with Sierra Nevada Space Systems also tapped to supply similar services for NASA using its planned Dream Chaser space plane.
Russia’s robotic Progress spacecraft also make regular cargo delivery missions, with the European Space Agency and Japan also flying their very own cargo ships during the past.
The area station happens to be home to seven astronauts that define the Expedition 67 crew. The crew includes three Americans, three Russians and something European. SpaceX launched four of these astronauts on a Crew Dragon within its Crew-4 mission for NASA.
SpaceX will launch NASA’s next crew to the area station, called Crew-5, in September.
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