News Brief: After a month of unloading and reloading, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule was set loose from the International Space Station today and made a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. The two tons of cargo that were returned to Earth include mice that were part of a study focusing on zero-G’s effects on bones and muscles — and Robonaut 2, a space robot that’s being sent down for repairs. The Dragon splashed down around noon PT and will be delivered by a recovery ship to California for processing. Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo freighter is due to take on the next space station delivery on May 20.
SpaceX Dragon cargo ship brings Robonaut and mice back to Earth from space station
May 05, 2018, 23:35 pm0110
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