SpaceX Cargo Dragon Returns to Earth

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On Saturday, April 15th, SpaceX’s uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft made a successful parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Tampa, Florida, marking the completion of the company’s 27th contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

The spacecraft carried back to Earth around 4,300 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo after re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.

At 11:05 a.m., Dragon undocked from the forward port of the station’s Harmony module while flying over the Indian Ocean, Sci-Tech Daily reported.

The undocking was carried out following commands from ground controllers at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California.

Dragon had arrived at the space station on March 16th as part of SpaceX’s 27th Commercial Resupply Services mission for NASA.

It had delivered over 6,000 pounds of research investigations, crew supplies, and station hardware.

The spacecraft was launched on March 14th from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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