SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship is back on Earth after successfully landing off the coast of Florida – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) — A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is back on Earth with scientific surveys and medical research.

The CRS-24 cargo ship undocked from the International Space Station on Sunday morning and departed its “keep-out sphere” at 10:40 a.m. after a previously planned attempt was postponed because of inclement weather at its splashdown site off the Florida coast, according to statements by SpaceX. The bullet is a 200 meter radius around the ISS.

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The Dragon ship splashed down off the coast of Panama City at 4:05 p.m. Monday.

“Splashdown of Dragon confirms completion of SpaceX’s 24th resupply mission to the Space Station,” read a SpaceX Twitter post.

Experiments aboard Dragon are transported to NASA’s Space Station Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

“Spraying off the coast of Florida allows for rapid transport of the experiments to NASA’s space station processing facility at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, allowing researchers to collect data while the samples experience minimal exposure to Earth’s gravity,” he said the NASA.

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The cargo ship was returning medical supplies along with more than 4,900 pounds of valuable “cargo and research,” NASA mission control said.

This includes a disused light microscope, which has supported numerous scientific investigations for 12 years, as well as samples from studies on colloids.

Cytoskeleton, an assay designed to analyze the effects of microgravity on cellular signaling molecules, is also on board the Dragon.

“This study contributes to our understanding of how the human body responds to microgravity and could aid in the development of countermeasures to help crew members maintain optimal health on future missions,” NASA said.

The Dragon launched on December 21 and delivered hardware, research and crew material to the ISS. The return of the cargo ship will mark SpaceX’s 24th “commercial supply service mission for NASA,” according to the Space Research Agency.

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