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Back Again … Again: SpaceX Craft Heads for Historic 2nd Splashdown

03 Juillet 2017

Watch the Nasa TV live steam below to see coverage of the Dragon's departure from the orbiting laboratory at 2am EDT (7am BST) on Monday.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft was released from the International Space Station on Monday (July 3) in preparation for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean with cargo and experimental samples. As per NASA, the SpaceX Dragon CRS-11 Cargo Craft was released from the space station at 2:41 am EDT, after 30 days in space. The splashdown in the Pacific Ocean marks the completion of the first reused commercial spacecraft to be sent to and returned home from the space station.

SpaceX's cargo capsule is the only supply ship able to survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

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The spacecraft, which arrived at the station June 5, delivered almost 6,000 pounds of supplies and experiments, including a NASA instrument to study neutron stars. The Dragon capsule it used on its most recent ISS resupply mission was used during a previous trip to ferry supplies and materials for scientific experiments to the orbital facility.

"The splashdown zone for Monday has an acceptable weather forecast and is closer to port in Long Beach, California".

"A SpaceX team will retrieve Dragon from the ocean and ship it to port in southern California".

Back Again … Again: SpaceX Craft Heads for Historic 2nd Splashdown