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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to return with NASA cargo

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

SpaceX's cargo splashed down in the today, with about 4,100 pounds of cargo, science and technology demonstration samples from the (ISS), said.

A variety of technological and biological studies are returning in Dragon, including hardware from the "Made in Space Fiber Optics" payload, which demonstrated manufacturing filaments in a microgravity environment, the US space agency said.

Designed by the company "Made in Space" and sponsored by the in Space (CASIS), the investigation pulled wire from ZBLAN, a heavy metal fluoride glass commonly used to make glass.

Research indicates that ZBLAN fiber pulled in microgravity may not crystalize as much, giving it better optical qualities than the silica used in most wire.

from this investigation could lead to the production of higher-quality products both in space and on Earth.

Mice from NASA's Rodent Research-6 study also will return live to Earth for additional study.

The investigation, which was conducted jointly with the US National Lab, evaluated a new device for administering continuous low doses, which could help counteract muscle wasting and prevent the need for daily or frequent drug administration.

A tiny capsule, implanted under the skin, delivers a constant, low dose of a drug via a silicone membrane, with channels as narrow as 1/50,000 the width of a human hair.

The drug, called formoterol, is a common therapy in inhalers and for other that relaxes muscles responsible for tightening a patient's airways.

The low-dose delivery also could help avoid the known side effects of taking high doses long-term.

is the only space station resupply currently able to return cargo to Earth.

The lifted off from 40 at in on December 15 carrying about 4,800 pounds of supplies and scientific cargo, said.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 13:15 IST