Update for August 18: NASA and SpaceX have postponed the disconnection of SpaceX’s CRS-25 cargo ship from the International Space Station until Friday, Aug. 19 at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) due to inclement weather at the Florida landing site. Our original preview story is below.
A SpaceX Dragon cargo pod will leave the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday morning (Aug. 18) and you can watch it live.
the robot Dragon is scheduled to leave the orbit lab around 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) on Thursday. Watch the action live in the window above, courtesy of NASA, or directly through the space agency (opens in new tab). Coverage begins at 10:45 AM EDT (1445 GMT).
The dragon launched on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on July 14 and arrived at the ISS two days later with about 5,800 pounds (2,630 kilograms) of supplies and scientific hardware for the occupants of the orbiting laboratory.
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The cargo ship is scheduled to come back to Soil in an ocean splash off the coast of Florida on Friday (Aug. 19), NASA officials said. It’s packed for the return trip with about 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg) of experiments and other equipment for researchers to analyze.
Dragon’s current mission is called Commercial Resupply Services 25, or CRS-25 for short. As the name suggests, it is the 25th contracted cargo flight that SpaceX has flown to the ISS for NASA.
SpaceX also has a separate NASA deal to fly astronaut missions to and from the orbital lab, which it does with the manned version of Dragon. SpaceX is in the middle of the fourth of these astronaut missions, called Crew-4and is scheduled to launch Crew-5 by the end of next month.
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