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SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft to reach Earth on Monday

IANS  |  Washington 

After spending over a month in the orbit, SpaceX's left the (ISS) on Sunday and is expected to land on Earth on Monday night, said.

"The cargo craft was released from the ISS today at 6.33 p.m.," said in a statement on Sunday.

"will parachute to a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean Monday at 12:15 a.m. then will be towed to port in southern by a personnel," it added.

This will be the first night--time splashdown and recovery for the Dragon with plenty of moonlight to track its entry, said.

onboard the ISS monitored the activities from the cupola and watched Dragon perform a series of departure burns as it separated itself to a safe distance from the orbital lab. Integrated operations between mission controllers in and controllers in stop when Dragon reaches a point about 1 km away from the station.

The commercial cargo vessel will bring home a variety of critical space research, including ISS hardware to extracted for analysis, refurbishment or discarding, NASA said.

Dragon was launched on ISS on December 8 with more than 5,600 pounds of science and supplies. The completed a 36-day mission attached to the station's Harmony module.

The next to the space station will be its first uncrewed demonstration mission designated SpaceX DM-1.

The Commercial Crew Program's first launch is currently targeted for February and will demonstrate ground systems, orbit to docking activities and landing operations.



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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 13:12 IST