SpaceX’s CRS-14 Dragon capsule is launched into house by the robotic arm on the International Space Station on May 5, 2018. Dragon will return four,000 lbs (1,800 kilograms) of science samples and equipment to Earth.
Credit: NASA TV
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is returning to Earth at the moment (May 5) with greater than 2 tons of NASA gear from the International Space Station. The capsule’s splashdown capped a busy day for NASA, which started its weekend with a launch to Mars.
The Dragon capsule left the house station this morning at 9:23 a.m. EDT (1323 GMT) when it was launched by the orbiting laboratory’s robotic arm. The spacecraft is full of over four,000 lbs. (1,800 kilograms) of experiment samples and different gear to Earth for NASA, and is returning to Earth two days late.
SpaceX and NASA initially scheduled Dragon’s return for Wednesday (May 2), however tough seas on the capsule’s splashdown zone prompted a delay to await higher sea circumstances. Dragon splashed down at the moment at three:03 p.m. EDT (1903 GMT) within the Pacific Ocean. The spacecraft’s splashdown space was situated 400 miles (643 kilometers) southwest of Long Beach, California, off the coast of Baja California, NASA officers mentioned.
“Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed, completing SpaceX’s third resupply mission to and from the @Space_Station with a flight-proven spacecraft,” SpaceX representatives said via Twitter.
Just hours earlier than Dragon left the house station, NASA launched the InSight Mars lander from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. InSight launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at 7:05 a.m. EDT (1105 GMT) to start a 6-month cruise to Mars. The spacecraft is scheduled to land on the Red Planet on Nov. 26.
“It’s been a big day here at @NASA!” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote on Twitter. “@NASAInSight successfully launched and is on its way to Mars! @SpaceX is now bringing critical science investigations home from the @Space_Station.”
Dragon launched to the space station April 2 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to ship 5,800 lbs. (2,630 kilograms) of experiment gear and different provides for the station’s six-person crew. This is SpaceX’s 14th cargo supply mission for NASA, and the second flight of this Dragon capsule. (It final flew in April 2016 on an earlier station cargo flight for NASA.)
On this return journey, Dragon is carrying all kinds of science gear, together with mice which were dwelling in particular habitats on the station to examine the well being results of house journey. Other samples of crops, bugs and human tissue are additionally aboard inside freezers.
Dragon can also be returning NASA’s Robonaut 2 robot, which was designed to assist astronauts with their day by day chores in house. Robonaut 2 broke down in 2014 and is being returned for evaluation and restore.
…..to search out new life and new civilizations. pic.twitter.com/x4vqVIxzgL
— Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) May 3, 2018
The house station’s crew appeared to have a little bit of enjoyable whereas packing Robonaut 2 for its journey house. NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold donned Robonaut 2’s head like a masks for a little bit of Twitter picture enjoyable.
“…to seek out new life and new civilizations,” Arnold wrote on Twitter.
Arnold is one among six house vacationers on the house station’s present Expedition 55 crew. Joining him on the mission are NASA astronauts Scott Tingle and Drew Feustel, astronaut Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Anton Shkaplerov of Russia’s Roscosmos house company. Shkaplerov is commander of the station’s crew.
Editor’s word: This story was initially posted at 9:45 a.m. EDT and was up to date at 5:25 p.m. EDT replicate the profitable splashdown by Dragon.