SpaceX re­us­able cargo rocket comes back safely to Earth

The Star Malaysia - - World -

WASH­ING­TON: A SpaceX re­us­able cargo ship splashed down in the Pa­cific Ocean safely, end­ing a mis­sion to sup­ply as­tro­nauts on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, 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 NASA on Fe­bru­ary 23.

Be­fore its de­par­ture, the crew loaded the cargo ship with old equip­ment, waste and al­most 1814kg of re­search sam­ples from ex­per­i­ments car­ried out in the sta­tion’s con­di­tion of mi­cro­grav­ity.

Re­leased by the ISS’s robot arm at 0900 GMT, the cap­sule un­der­took a more than six-hour jour­ney back to Earth, land­ing off the coast of Mex­ico just be­fore 1600 GMT. — AFP

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