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SpaceX capsule returns with ocean splashdown; next rocket launch delayed due to winds

Dragon cargo ship on Wednesday headed back to Earth from the International Space Station.  


SpaceX capsule returns with ocean splashdown; next rocket launch delayed due to winds

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Dragon cargo ship on Wednesday headed back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The Dragon capsule departed the International Space Station at 2:10 p.m. EST/1910 GMT and

made a splashdown in the Pacific ocean off the southwest of Long Beach, California.

The Dragon is loaded with nearly 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg) of returning science experiments and equipment, including two faulty components from spacesuits that engineers want to analyze before clearing US astronauts for a trio of spacewalks later this month.

Meanwhile, the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was scrapped minutes before liftoff on Tuesday

due to high winds over Florida.

The rocket carries the Deep Space Climate Observatory, nicknamed DSCOVR which will watch the sun and serve as a weather buoy to provide about an hour`s notice of potentially dangerous solar storms, which can disrupt radio communications, satellite signals and power grids on Earth.

Once in orbit around the sun, the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, also will monitor the sun-lit side of Earth, tracking volcanic plumes, measuring ozone and monitoring droughts, flooding and fires.

A camera aboard DSCOVR will take pictures of Earth every two hours. The photos will be posted on the Internet the next day.

Previously, launch of DSCOVR was planned for Sunday but was called off due to a radar glitch.

(With Agency inputs)

Photo credit: NASA

 

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