SpaceX Dragon Set for Return Trip From ISS

The space station's Canadian-built robotic arm launched the automated cargo capsule at 10:59 a.m. Tuesday, around two-and-a-half hours after the division eliminated the Dragon spacecraft from its berthing port on the research lab's Harmony module. American Eastern Time, starting its almost 6-hour journey home. "We were glad to conduct all the excellent science as a part of this mission and we look forward to more in the future".

The Dragon spacecraft later carried out an nearly 13-minute deorbit burn to slug its velocity and drop out of orbit. Dragon, unlike some cargo vehicles, does not burn up on reentry and so is best suited to ferrying material that needs examination, not disposal.

Dragon splashed down at 4:20 p.m. EDT (2020 GMT) in a target zone about 300 miles (483 kilometers) southwest of Long Beach, California, where a SpaceX recovery ship will retrieve the capsule from the sea.

The commercial Dragon cargo capsule drifted from the station with some 3,991 pounds of apparatus on-board, following a NASA spokesperson.

Fyodor, the first humanoid robot to partake in a space mission, lost a chance to be named "the first robot to join the International Space Station crew" after the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft carrying it, failed to dock with the station. The reusable Dragon capsule makes space expeditions more affordable.

The capsule launched into its third trip to space on July 25 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The film is meant to give people a sense of what life is like on the space station. Some of the other experiments that coming back from the ISS this week include a look into the interactions of mining materials in space, and how microgravity can have an impact on silica fillers used in auto tires.

The Dragon additionally came back to Earth with mice, which scientists sent to the space station to examine how spaceflight affected the animals' muscle tissue, bones, immune systems, and organs.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule launches in July 2019. The successful rendezvous marked SpaceX's eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission to the flying laboratory. A month after its departure, SpaceX's spacecraft is now ready to return. That vehicle made its first unpiloted test flight earlier this year in March.