SpaceX’s fourth Dragon capsule, which performed two deliveries to the International Space Station, returned to Earth, plunging into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Dragon was supposed to land on January 14 at 12:15 (EST), but the capsule returned a few minutes earlier. Started in space on December 5, 2018.
In his Twitter, astronaut of the 58th Expedition, David Saint-Jacques wrote “Goodbye, Dragon! Canadarm2 just released the capsule to Earth. ” SpaceX has not yet confirmed whether the capsule was delivered to the port after a 6-hour flight. But the statement indicated that this is the first mission to restore the Dragon at night.
The Dragon Capsule was deployed using the Canadarm2 robotic arm on board the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule was automatically released on the evening of January 13th. The procedure from the ISS dome was watched by NASA astronaut McClain Ann Charlotte. Initially, the procedure was planned for January 10, but it was postponed. All delays were caused by bad weather at the site of a fall in the Pacific. NASA reported that the capsule transported valuable scientific experiments.
Only 3 astronauts are still living on the ISS, since the launch on October 11, 2018 was unsuccessful. The next flight with Tyler Haig, Alexei Ovchinin and Kristina Hammok Koch is scheduled for February 28th.