A cargo ship by the name Dragon belonging to Space Exploration Technologies or simply, SpaceX just completed its month long stay at the ISS on Saturday and started for a splash down landing in the Pacific Ocean.
Astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore of NASA used the ISS robotic crane to let go off the capsule as both vehicles travelled about 2600 miles over the north west Australian coast. The capsule reportedly returned with about 1,724kgs of experiments and equipments that are no longer of any need at the ISS.
The dragon blasted off with a SpaceX falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral air force station in Florida on the 21st of September with more than 5000 pounds of supplies, equipment including a 3D printer and 20 live mice that will be used in experiments on the ISS along with food for the residents of the ISS.
The cargo ship also delivered about $26 million worth RapidScat technology used to measure wind speeds over the oceans.
The capsule is yet to make a parachute decent to the Pacific about 330 miles west of Baja California, Mexico. This being the fourth installment of the 12 of SpaceX’s contract with NASA for cargo runs to the ISS. The next supply mission is scheduled on December 9th. SpaceX is one of the companies chosen by NASA to develop capsules for astronauts.