Dragon will undock from the ISS

Dragon will undock from the ISS

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth today (Sept. 17) after a nine-month stay at the International Space Station. The capsule will splash down at about 10:14 a.m.in the Pacific Ocean, where recovery forces will retrieve the capsule and its more than 3,800 pounds of cargo and research. Undocking from space station is scheduled for 12-40 GMT.

Dragon's thrusters will be fired to move the spacecraft a safe distance from the station before SpaceX flight controllers in Hawthorne, California, command its deorbit burn. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). (2,900 kg) of food, supplies and science experiments for the Expedition 52 crew. NASA also sent up some ice cream for the astronauts.

The Dragon went up to the International Space Station on SpaceX's CRS-12 resupply mission, which launched in August.

Dragon is now the only resupply spacecraft that is capable of returning to Earth intact. Splashdown will not be broadcast on NASA TV. While this was a brand-new Dragon capsule at the time of launch, SpaceX officials said they plan to launch only used cargo spacecraft to the space station from now on. This was the last new Dragon to deliver cargo to the space station.