A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is returning to Earth.
The Dragon CRS-24 supply ship has not been disassembled from the ship International Space Station on Sunday (December 23) after just over a month of being linked to the orbiting lab. The spacecraft, loaded with more than 2 tons of gear, took off from the station at 10:40 a.m. EST (1540 GMT) after a two days delay due to the weather of the landing site. The spacecraft will plunge off the west coast of Florida on Monday.
“Dragon confirmed separation”, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn broadcasted Mission Control radio from the station as SpaceX the capsule has not been inserted. Dragon and the station were sailing the South Pacific overhead at the time.
SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-24 cargo ship is expected to plunge into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City, Florida at 4:05 p.m. EST (2105 GMT) on Monday afternoon, although the landing will not be broadcast. , NASA officials said . The spacecraft is carrying more than 4,900 pounds (2,200 kg) of scientific experiment results and other station equipment back to Earth.
“Expedition 66 wishes the Dragon a good return,” Marshburn told Mission Control on behalf of the station’s current Expedition 66 crew. “Congratulations to Houston and SpaceX. Can’t wait to see the results.”
SpaceX Launched cargo ship Dragon CRS-24 on December 21 to deliver more than 6,500 pounds (2,900 kg) of supplies, scientific equipment, and other hardware. It arrived at the station on December 23 to complete the delivery, which also included some Christmas gift for station staff.
The Dragon spacecraft has visited the space station before. SpaceX used it to deliver cargo for NASA on CRS-22 . Delivery Mission in June 2021. After it returns to Earth on Monday, the SpaceX teams will retrieve the capsule with recovery craft and deliver its cargo and science to NASA.
Some of those cargoes returned to Earth include some expected scientific results. Capsule packaging is the result of a study called “Cytoskeleton” that investigates how weightlessness affects mammalian cells, science that could one day help astronauts perform long-term space missions. Results from another study, called InSpace-4, could help scientists develop new methods for using nanoparticles to make new materials for spacecraft.
One old item returning to Earth is the Light Microscope Module, or LMM, a state-of-the-art imaging microscope that was deployed to the space station in 2009. It is now decommissioned.
“Funded by NASA’s Physical and Biological Sciences division, this powerful diagnostic tool enables new research into microscopic phenomena in microgravity, providing the possibility of a new study,” NASA officials wrote. remotely capture and download images and videos at various magnification levels” in a statement. “LMM makes it possible to observe and record how matter is organized and moved at the microscopic level.”
While NASA won’t be broadcasting the Dragon CRS-24 cargo ship’s landing and descent, you’ll be able to track its progress online. NASA will post updates on the spacecraft’s return on its space station blog. SpaceX is also expected to post an update on its Twitter page with sensational results Monday afternoon.
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