SpaceX completed the 27th NASA Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS-27) to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 15. After spending around a month docked to the ISS Harmony module, Dragon CRS-27 autonomously undocked at 11:05 a.m. ET, while the Station was orbiting over the Indian Ocean to begin a six-hour long voyage back to Earth. The uncrewed spacecraft carried over 4,300 pounds of science cargo, as well as supplies no longer needed at the ISS laboratory. The spacecraft had delivered around 6,200 pounds of cargo when it arrived on March 16.
Dragon is soaring home! @SpaceX's cargo spacecraft separated from the @Space_Station at 11:05am ET (1505 UTC), carrying space-grown tomatoes and other @ISS_Research for analysis back on the ground. Follow our ISS blog for the latest #CRS27 updates: https://t.co/5S8thLTM9h pic.twitter.com/kFLHDcWyJ1— NASA (@NASA) April 15, 2023
Dragon CRS-27 reentered Earth’s atmosphere and performed a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Florida on Saturday at 4:58 p.m. ET. NASA did not broadcast the capsules return, so we have no video. SpaceX confirmed via Twitter that the spacecraft splashed down safely. The company announced that the spacecraft was recovered by SpaceX’s recovery team, “the critical science aboard the spacecraft will be transported via helicopter to NASA Kennedy Space Center and provided to researchers,” shared SpaceX representatives via Twitter.
SpaceX uses a recovery ship to fish-out Dragon out of the salty water as soon as possible to rapidly extract the vital cargo the capsule is carrying, which include the results of important scientific research conducted in microgravity. To minimize the effects of gravity affecting the science experiments’ results, teams must rapidly deliver the cargo back to special facilities at NASA Kennedy Space Center where they will then be handed to their respective researchers and rapidly flown to laboratories around the world. Some of the scientific research Dragon CRS-27 brought back to Earth includes:
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