Space X Dragon successfully splashes down in Pacific Ocean with crucial NASA research samples

Astronauts Takuya Onishi and Kate Rubins commanded the release of the Dragon at 6:10 a.m EDT on Friday. 

Updated: Aug 27, 2016, 12:10 PM IST
Space X Dragon successfully splashes down in Pacific Ocean with crucial NASA research samples

New Delhi: Welcome back Dragon! NASA's Space X crago capsule successfully returned to the Earth on Friday with some amazing scientific gifts from International Space Station (ISS).

Spending about a little over a month on ISS, Dragon splashed down in Pacific Ocean at 11:47 a.m. EDT southwest of Baja California with more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo, science and technology demonstration samples.

Astronauts Takuya Onishi and Kate Rubins commanded the release of the Dragon at 6:10 a.m EDT on Friday.

According to NASA, The Dragon spacecraft will be taken by ship to a port near Los Angeles, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA immediately.

Dragon then will be prepared for a return trip to Space X's test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing.

The landing of Dragon spacecraft is very important for NASA because Space X is the only space station shipper capable of returning items for analysis back to Earth