A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft has departed the International Space Station, finishing its historic second journey to the orbiting lab. 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.
In the event of adverse weather conditions in the Pacific Ocean where the spacecraft is scheduled to splash down, the return of the Dragon cargo craft was delayed by a day to Monday.
The spacecraft delivered almost 6,000 pounds of supplies to the ISS crew - everything from food for the crew to fruit flies and rodents to be used in various experiments. 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. It will now be recovered by the SpaceX personnel and brought back to Long Beach in California.
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The spacecraft will be reentering the Earth's atmosphere today afternoon and will ultimately splashdown in the Pacific Ocean for recovery.
"The commercial space freighter will parachute to a splash down in the Pacific Ocean about 5-1/2 hours after release". NASA engineers will then unload Dragon on shore and return the cargo back to Houston for analysis.