Dragon re­turns home

New Straits Times - - World -

WASH­ING­TON: A SpaceX re­us­able cargo ship splashed down in the Pa­cific Ocean safely on Sun­day, end­ing a mis­sion to sup­ply as­tro­nauts on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS), the com­pany said.

The Dragon cap­sule — the only such ves­sel ca­pa­ble of re­turn­ing re­search sam­ples and other ma­te­rial to Earth — re­mained docked with the ISS for nearly a month af­ter de­liv­er­ing more than two tonnes of food, wa­ter and sci­en­tific equip­ment for the Na­tional Aero­nau­tics and Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion on Feb 23.

Re­leased by the ISS’s ro­bot arm, the cap­sule un­der­took a more than six-hour jour­ney back to Earth, land­ing off the coast of Mex­ico, its fi­nal de­scent slowed by three giant para­chutes. AFP

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