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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft returns with science and research cargo from ISS

SpaceX Dragon splashdown

The Dragon spacecraft that was released by Expedition 50 astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) and Shane Kimbrough of NASA has splashed down in the Pacific Ocean bringing back thousands of pounds of cargo from the International Space Station.

The spacecraft was released from the ISS using a robotic arm right on schedule on Sunday. The spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific on March 19 marking an end of SpaceX’s 10th cargo resupply mission to the ISS. The spacecraft is carrying approximately 3,600 pounds of science experiments and other gear from space station.

In a tweet, SpaceX confirmed good splashdown of Dragon in the Pacific Ocean at 10:46 a.m. EDT, about 200 miles southwest of Long Beach, California.

The spacecraft that was returned to Earth was launched on February 19 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and arrived at the station station February 23.

Soon after the spacecraft returned to Earth, SpaceX revealed that a recovery team was on its way to recover the Dragon from the ocean. About five hours after that SpaceX confirmed recovery of Dragon and also revealed that it was being taken to port for handover to NASA.

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