A SpaceX supply ship will have to wait at least another day before returning to Earth.
Yesterday (January 19), cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov ventured outside the safe confines of the spacecraft. International Space Station to conduct a 7:11 a.m. spacewalk. While the pair clean up from their spacewalk, SpaceX is preparing its robotic Dragon cargo ship for a return to Earth. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans.
The Dragon train, which was previously scheduled to go home on Friday (January 21), is now scheduled to unload from the station on Saturday (January 22) due to “severe weather forecasts” According to a NASA blog post.
You can watch the opening live at Space.com or live on NASA TV starting at 10:40 a.m. EST (1540 GMT) on Saturday.
This morning (January 20), NASA astronauts Kayla Barron and Thomas Marshburn prepared Dragon for its return trip, loading biological samples onto the craft so they could be analyzed here on Earth. soil. Barron and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer also loaded freezers with additional science samples on board.
SpaceX will provide another update on the out of stock during a weather press conference at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) on Friday. If Dragon craft doesn’t finish on Saturday as currently planned, it will fall on Sunday (January 23) around 4pm EST (2100 GMT), but the final splash site has yet to be picked up, according to blog post.
https://www.space.com/spacex-cargo-dragon-departure-weather-delay Bad weather will delay SpaceX Dragon’s departure from the space station to Saturday