SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon cargo ship successfully unloaded from the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning and is heading back to Earth.
The CRS-24 cargo ship successfully left the Space Station’s “offshore sphere” at 10:40 a.m. after its previously scheduled attempt was postponed due to bad weather at the crash site off the coast. Florida, according to an announcement from SpaceX. The avoidance sphere has a radius of 200 meters around the ISS.
NASA streamed the unloading of the cargo live on NASA TV and on their social media platforms.
According to NASA, The Dragon is scheduled to have a “parachute-assisted skydiving” off the coast of Panama City, Florida at around 3:05 p.m. CST Monday. The sensational event will not be streamed, but the NASA space station blog will provide updates.
The Dragon spacecraft experiments will be transported to NASA’s Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center after landing.
“The splashdown off the coast of Florida enabled the rapid transport of experiments to NASA’s Space Station Processing Facility at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, enabling researchers collect data with minimal sample exposure to Earth’s gravity”.
The cargo ship is carrying medical supplies along with more than 4,900 pounds of valuable “cargo and research,” the NASA mission controller said during the transmission.
This includes a retired light imaging microscope, which has supported numerous scientific investigations over the past 12 years, as well as samples from colloid studies.
Cytoskeleton, an investigation aimed at analyzing the effects of microgravity on cell signaling molecules, is also underway on Dragon.
“This investigation contributes to our understanding of how the human body responds to microgravity and may aid in the development of countermeasures to help crew members,” NASA said in a statement. maintain optimal health on future missions”.
Dragon launched on December 21, providing hardware, research, and crew to the ISS. According to the space research agency, the return of the cargo ship will mark SpaceX’s 24th “commercial resupply mission for NASA”.