SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft returns to Earth with Pacific Ocean splashdown

The Dragon cargo craft returned to the Earth with approximately 3,600 pounds of science experiments and other gear from space station.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017, 10:04 AM IST
SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft returns to Earth with Pacific Ocean splashdown

New Delhi: SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, March 19, marking the end of the company’s tenth contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

The Dragon cargo craft returned to the Earth with approximately 3,600 pounds of science experiments and other gear from space station.

The capsule left the space station after being released by Expedition 50 astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) and Shane Kimbrough of NASAusing a robotic arm right on schedule, at 5:11 a.m Sunday.

A variety of technological and biological studies are returning in Dragon.

In a tweet, SpaceX confirmed good splashdown of Dragon in the Pacific Ocean at 10:46 a.m. EDT, about 200 miles southwest of Long Beach, California.

The Dragon spacecraft launched on February 19 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and arrived at the station station February 23.