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Cargo Dragon space freighter returns to Earth after a one month long mission

The SpX CRS-22 Cargo Dragon resupply freighter safely landed back on Earth earlier this morning, after a one month long mission. The capsule splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Tallahassee, Florida at around 23:30 EDT / 03:30 UTC. After recovery from the water, the Dragon was transported to the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where scientist could analyse the over 2,200 kg of experiments Dragon brought back from the station. Tonight’s Dragon landing was the second landing of the Dragon 2 variant and the second time a U.S. commercial freighter splashed down off the coast of Florida.

The CRS-22 Cargo Dragon blasted off to the International Space Station on June 3, 2021, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. About 1 ½ days later on June 5, the vehicle rendezvoused with the orbital laboratory and subsequently docked to the space-facing docking port of the station’s Harmony module. The Dragon freighter delivered a total of 3,328 kilograms of cargo to the ISS, consisting of 341 kg of crew supplies, 920 kg of science investigations, 52 kg of spacewalk equipment, 345 kg of vehicle hardware, 58 kg of computer resources and 1,380 kg of unpressurized cargo in the form of the first two new ISS Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSA).

Cargo Dragon launches to the ISS. Image Credit: SpaceX.
Cargo Dragon launches to the ISS. Image Credit: SpaceX.

33 days later, Dragon undocked from the International Space Station on July 8 at 14:45 UTC. Earlier today, the craft conducted a retrograde deorbit burn, to initiate the re-entry sequence. After a fiery re-entry through the planet’s atmosphere, Cargo Dragon deployed multiple drogue and main parachutes to slow down ahead of splash down.

The departure was postponed several times over the last couple of days, due to unfavourable weather conditions off the coast of Florida caused by tropical storm Elsa.


Sources:

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2021/07/08/cargo-dragon-departs-station-returns-to-earth-friday/

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/spacex_crs-22_mision_overview.pdf

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