A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule that delivered supplies and research materials to crew of the International Space Station has returned to Earth.
Now the scientists go to work, culling through 4,100 pounds of materials including science samples from human and animal research, biology and biotechnology studies, and physical science experiments.
Early Jan. 13, Dragon’s thrusters moved the spacecraft a safe distance from the station so SpaceX flight controllers in Hawthorne, Calif., could initiate a de-orbit burn. The Dragon splashed down about 10:37 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean off of Baja.
NASA soon will receive valuable samples from the many experiments conducted aboard the ISS.
The Dragon launched Dec. 15 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.