SpaceX Dragon cargo ship splashes into Pacific

July 22, 2017 – 09:19 am
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  • SpaceX's Dragon capsule uses parachutes to descend to the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico's Baja Peninsula after leaving the International Space Station. (AP Photo/SpaceX)
  • March 26, 2013: The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft after it was detached from the International Space Station at 4:10 a.m. The Dragon is expected to splash down in the eastern Pacific ocean approximatel 246 miles off the coast of Baja Calif. later this morning. (AP Photo/NASA)
  • Dragon released 2013.jpgMarch 26, 2013: The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft as it is backed away from the International Space Station. (AP Photo/NASA)
  • March 26, 2013: The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft after it was detached from the International Space Station at 4:10 a.m. EDT. (AP Photo/NASA)
  • March 26, 2013: The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft after it was detached from the International Space Station. (AP Photo/NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Tuesday with a full science load from the International Space Station.

The privately owned cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific, off the coast of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, five hours after leaving the orbiting lab. The California-based SpaceX confirmed the Dragon's safe arrival via Twitter.

Dragon released 2013 a.jpg"Special delivery! Dragon now being recovered in the Pacific, " the company said in a tweet.

The capsule brought back more than 1 ton of science experiments and old station equipment. It's the only supply ship capable of two-way delivery. NASA is paying SpaceX more than billion for a dozen resupply missions.

Dragon released 2013 1.jpgThe unmanned capsule will be shipped to Los Angeles - arriving Wednesday night - and then trucked to Texas for unloading.

Earlier in the day, astronauts released the unmanned capsule from the end of the space station's giant robot arm. The 250-mile-high parting was a poignant moment for the three space station's residents, who helped to snare the Dragon three weeks earlier.

"Sad to see the Dragon go, " astronaut Thomas Marshburn told Mission Control. "Performed her job beautifully. Heading back to her lair. Wish her all the best for the splashdown today."

The Dragon used old-NASA-style parachutes to plop into the ocean; company officials indicated all appeared to go well during the re-entry.


Source: www.foxnews.com

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  • avatar Was the Dragon cargo ship built by NASA?
    • SpaceX is a private-sector space exploration company that hopes to take the place of the US Space Shuttle program. On May 19th 2012 they are testing both their reusable Falcon 9 rocket and solar-powered remote-controlled Dragon cargo ship.