SpaceX cap­sule re­turns space sta­tion sam­ples

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - WORLD NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES — A SpaceX cap­sule is back on Earth with a full load of space sta­tion science sam­ples.

The Dragon cargo ship parachuted into the Pa­cific on Sun­day off the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia coast. As­tro­nauts set it free from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion 5 1/2 hours ear­lier.

The Dragon flew to the space sta­tion a month ago from the same Flor­ida launch pad used for NASA’s Apollo moon shots. It took up more than 5,000 pounds of sup­plies and brought back just as much in com­pleted ex­per­i­ments and used equip­ment.

NASA’s other sup­plier, Or­bital ATK, plans to launch its own sup­ply ship Fri­day, also from Cape Canaveral, Flor­ida. That one, how­ever, burns up on re-en­try.

The space sta­tion is home to one French­man, two Amer­i­cans and three Rus­sians.

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