SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship successfully separated from the International Space Station and successfully returned to Earth with a variety of scientific research projects in space. SpaceX said the capsule landed off the coast of California on Tuesday local time, and the company said it was carrying dozens of U.S. National Laboratory projects.
At around 9 a.m. EST on April 7, SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-20 spacecraft completed the separation of the isse to the International Space Station’s robotic arm without mission. Soon after, the ship splashed off the coast of California, where it was successfully salvaged and brought back to land. According to the private space company, this marks the final resupply mission of the version of the Dragon cargo ship.
In a subsequent tweet, it said: “The Dragon spacecraft performed well, completing the 20th and final resupply mission of SpaceX’s first-generation Dragon spacecraft @Space_Station. “
The Dragon spacecraft spent about 30 days on the International Space Station before returning to Earth with a scientific payload. Examples of surveys brought back from space include the rodent research project to be shipped to the International Space Station in 2019, sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine.
With this animal model, researchers will be able to better understand the effects of microgravity on metabolism and circadian rhythms. In addition, the astronauts returned the biomanufacturing facility from Techshot, the first bioprinter to be sent to the space station in the United States. Other returned experiments include experiments involving the study of cardiomyocytes and tissue chips.
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