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February 11, 2015
Dragon is slowed by three main parachutes prior to splashdown into the Pacific Ocean
SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at about 7:44 p.m. EST 259 miles southwest of Long Beach, California, marking the end of the company’s fifth contracted cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.
The spacecraft is returning about 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. A SpaceX vessel will take the Dragon spacecraft to Long Beach, where some cargo will be removed and returned to NASA. Dragon will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX’s test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing.
Dragon recovered aboard SpaceX ship
The mission was the fifth of 12 cargo resupply trips SpaceX will make to the space station through 2016 under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract.
For more information about Dragon resupply spacecraft, visit: http://www.spacex.com/
For more information about International Space Station (ISS), visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
Images, Text, Credits: NASA/SpaceX.