Mar 21, 2017 05:47 AM EDT
The SpaceX Dragon capsule officially made its splash in the Pacific Ocean. The capsule is expected to bring space samples to Earth.
USA Today reported since the official launch of the SpaceX Dragon capsule up today on its latest update. The capsule has officially splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after leaving the Earth last February 23.
The official time of the landing was recorded at 11:48 a.m. ET Sunday. The SpaceX Dragon capsule carries around 5,500 pounds of supplies and some experiments to the International Space Station. Now, the SpaceX Dragon made its way back to Earth carrying science and research cargo from the ISS after completing three departure burns.
According to Yahoo News, the SpaceX Dragon capsule carries tons of cargo consists of space samples. In a series of Tweets, Thomas Pesquet, the French astronaut was able to document every update of the capsule. Pesquet tweeted, "@Space, I can't believe we waved her goodbye only a few hours ago. Glad to know she made it OK. Congrats everyone."
Located in the unpressurized trunk of the SpaceX Dragon capsule is the gear for disposal which was then jettisoned to burn up during atmospheric reentry. Also, along with this hardware is the OPALS device which is then used to in testing some high-speed laser communications between space and Earth. Likewise, the MISSE radiation-tolerance experiment and apparatus was loaded with the hardware for testing robotic refueling procedures.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule re-entry the temperatures ranging 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit before it opens its parachutes as preparation for the splashdown. The capsule's recovery teams hurriedly went on the west of Baja California to pick the capsule and bring it to Long Beach, Calif.
Afterward, the SpaceX Dragon capsule will be transported to a Texas for post-flight processing. Items from the SpaceX Dragon capsule are some tissue samples, stem cell samples which are the main requirements for tracking how the human body can heal itself in zero-G. These experiments are believed to provide new clues for improving the healing process of cancer patients as well as treat cancer.
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