The Dragon capsule that was launched late last year completed it’s mission to the International Space Station with a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean today.
In another first, this time for NASA and the Canadian Space Agency the Dragon capsule was released by the robotics engineers on the ground instead of using the Astronauts aboard the station as they have for all the previous visits.
Tomorrow holds another space milestone for the CSA! For the first time, our robotics experts here on Earth will control the release of the @SpaceX Dragon from the ISS! Watch it live at 5 a.m. EDT: https://t.co/puttKLGG1e.
Photo: NASA pic.twitter.com/9NhypUrML4
— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) January 12, 2018
This was the second time the vehicle had visited the station also the second time SpaceX has reused a Dragon capsule. Approximately 4100 pounds of cargo was returned inside the capsule which will now be handed over to NASA. Check here for more details on what is being returned.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 12, 2018
SpaceX confirmed successful completion of the mission at 10:39 AM EST.
Good splashdown of Dragon confirmed, completing the second resupply mission to and from the @Space_Station with a flight-proven commercial spacecraft.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 13, 2018