A SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft used in the California-based rocket launcher’s 28th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station undocked on Thursday to head for splashdown the next morning.
Separation was confirmed at 12:30 p.m. ET as the space station passed over the northeast Indian Ocean, west of Indonesia.
Splashdown is expected around 10:20 a.m. Friday off the Florida coast near Jacksonville.
The spacecraft carried more than 7,000 pounds of crew supplies, science experiments and hardware when it went up June 5 — arriving June 6 — on CRS-28, lofted from Kennedy Space Center to the space station with a Falcon 9 rocket. The capsule’s carry weight comes out to far less, but still more than 3,600 pounds on its return, lighter than before by at least two solar arrays, according to NASA.
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Highlighted experiments include the GRIP- Dexterous Manipulation in Microgravity chair, used in neurology experiments sponsored by the European Space Agency, as well as investigations of yogurt, muscles and monoclonal antibodies.
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