After a 36-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX capsule, Cargo Dragon, has landed. The results of biomedical experiments were delivered to Earth, spacewalks and other devices were used – the Spaceflight portal reported.
The capsule was launched with a parachute into the Gulf of Mexico near Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday at 5.29 in Poland. It must be carried on board the Go Navigator.
According to Spaceflight, research samples that require rapid transport by helicopter will be flown to the space center. Kennedy in Florida. Scientists will analyze the results of experiments there. The ship will return the capsule to Cape Canaveral for refurbishment and reuse on a future mission.
Cargo Dragon separated from the space station Thursday at 10:45 (4:45 p.m. in Poland), two days later than originally scheduled. Spaceflight reports that managers have been ordered to wait for Tropical Storm Elsa to move away from Florida.
The mission has been SpaceX’s 22nd flight with round-trip cargo delivery to the International Space Station since 2012. NASA has contracts with SpaceX and Northrop Grumman for commercial supply missions to the International Space Station.
According to a NASA spokesperson, during the last flight, the Dragon capsule delivered more than 3,300 kg of cargo to the space station, incl. For experiments, update the solar panels. The astronauts, in turn, loaded about 2,400 kg of cargo with the results of research and experiments, as well as equipment that will be transported to Earth.
The experiments included, among other things, research investigating how gravity affects freeze-dried materials as well as the structure, composition and activity of oral bacteria. NASA explained that this could help prepare treatments to combat oral diseases during long spaceflights to the Moon and Mars.
From New York, Andrei Dobroolsky (PAP)
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