Splashdown! SpaceX's Dragon Cargo Spaceship Returns to Earth

November 19, 2015 – 05:46 pm
Grapple the SpaceX Dragon Dragon is the only cargo ship that returns items to Earth intact. After the capsule is brought to port in California, it will be shipped to a SpaceX processing facility in McGregor, Texas. Dragon had been expected to return some of the experiments it brought to space, including a batch of mutant, stress-resistant fruit flies and a protein crystal growth study. The capsule was also slated to return a small crop of lettuce grown in space as part of NASA's Veg-01 experiment, first brought to the space station during SpaceX's last resupply mission in April.

All in all, Dragon returned to Earth today with 3, 276 pounds (1, 486 kilograms) of cargo and science experiments, SpaceX representatives said.

Quiz: How Well Do You Know SpaceX's Dragon Spaceship?

The spaceflight company SpaceX is one of several firms building private space taxis and cargo ships to launch astronauts and supplies into space. But there's more to SpaceX than meets the eye. Test your SpaceX know-how here.

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The spaceflight company SpaceX is one of several firms building private space taxis and cargo ships to launch astronauts and supplies into space. But there's more to SpaceX than meets the eye. Test your SpaceX know-how here.


Source: www.space.com

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