SpaceX did manage to complete one of its missions yesterday. It just wasn’t the one everyone wanted to see. After spending a month attached to the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule is back on Earth.
The uncrewed Dragon supply ship detached from the ISS yesterday afternoon. You can watch it detach below.
It splashed down in the Pacific Ocean full of hardware and experiments at 7:44 p.m. EST. A recovery ship was on site to retrieve the capsule.
Elon Musk tweeted a picture of Dragon’s splashdown off the California coast.
The Dragon capsule will head to Long Beach, California where some of the cargo will be returned to NASA. After that, it will head home to SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas. Nearly 3,700 pounds of NASA equipment and experiments came back to Earth yesterday.
SpaceX Will Try First Stage Rocket Landing Today
Yesterday’s launch attempt was delayed due to high upper level winds. SpaceX and NASA will give it another go today at 6:03 p.m. EST. Weather is looking pretty good with forecasts calling for a 90% chance of acceptable conditions.
NASA will be providing updates throughout the day on their DSCOVR blog. Live coverage will start at 5 p.m. EST on NASA TV.