Space X recovery ship #Megan docked @PortTampaBay to support CRS-26 (Cargo Dragon) splashdown.
Jan 6, 2023MEDIA ADVISORY M23-001NASA to Provide Live Coverage of SpaceX Cargo Craft Station DepartureA SpaceX Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft is set to depart the International Space Station on Monday, Jan. 9, returning scientific research samples and hardware to Earth for NASA.The agency will provide live coverage of Dragonís undocking and departure on NASA Television, the NASA app, and online at 4:45 p.m. EST. Watch here:https://www.nasa.gov/liveGround controllers at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, will send commands at 5 p.m. for Dragon to undock from the zenith port of the stationís Harmony module and fire its thrusters to move a safe distance away from the station.After re-entering Earthís atmosphere, the spacecraft will make a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 11. NASA will not broadcast the splashdown, but updates will be posted on the agency's space station blog.Dragon will carry back to Earth approximately 4,400 pounds of supplies and scientific experiments designed to take advantage of the space stationís microgravity environment. Splashing down off the coast of Florida enables quick transportation of the experiments to NASAís Space Station Processing Facility at the agencyís Kennedy Space Center in Florida, allowing researchers to collect data with minimal sample exposure to Earthís gravity.Some of the scientific investigations that Dragon is carrying include:Deep space radiation protection: A vest designed to protect astronauts from high doses of radiation caused by unpredictable solar particle events is returning to Earth after months of testing. Crew members wore the Astrorad vest while performing daily tasks and provided feedback about how easy it is to put on, how it fits and feels, and the range of motion possible while wearing it. The vestís developers plan to use that feedback to improve design of the garment, which could provide radiation protection for astronauts on Artemis missions to the Moon. Air, water, plants: XROOTS used hydroponic (water-based) and aeroponic (air-based) techniques to grow plants without soil or other growth media. Researchers collected video and still images to evaluate growth chambers through the plant life cycle from seed germination through maturity. The plant chambers are returning to Earth for additional analysis. Similar techniques could be used to produce crops for future space missions and to enhance cultivation and food security for the benefit of people on Earth. Bioprospecting in space: Bioprospecting is the process of identifying plants and animals that may contain substances with potential for use as drugs, biochemicals, and more. Previous studies found that space can cause genetic and physiological changes that could result in microbes yielding such materials. Rhodium Microgravity Bioprospecting-1 studied a way to search for these microbes. The science chambers and temperature logger from the investigation are returning to Earth for further examination.Dragon arrived at the station Nov. 27, 2022, as SpaceXís 26th Commercial Resupply Services mission for NASA, delivering more than 7,700 pounds of research investigations, crew supplies, and station hardware. It was launched Nov. 26 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy.-end-
The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, loaded with over 7,700 pounds of science, supplies, and cargo, approaches the International Space Station while orbiting 259 miles above the African continent.Credits: NASA
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NGA notice for splashdown.
Quote from: Ken the Bin on 01/07/2023 04:18 amNGA notice for splashdown.A map of the splashdown areas from the NGA notice.
Weather currently looks good for Dragon's departure from the @space_station tomorrow and splashdown on Wednesday, January 11; teams will continue to monitor conditions off the coast of Florida
Dragon recovery ship Megan has departed from Tampa Bay and is sailing out into the Gulf of Mexico to support splashdown site options for CRS-26 on Wednesday.
All cargo is loaded, the hatch is closed, and Dragon is ready for an on-time departure from the @space_station at 5:05 p.m. ET. Watch live →
Separation confirmed! Dragon is performing three departure burns to move away from the @space_station. Splashdown in ~36 hours
KU is back and there's Dragon!
Science-Packed Dragon Cargo Craft Undocks from StationAfter receiving commands from flight controllers on the ground, the uncrewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft undocked from the zenith port of the International Space Stationís Harmony module at 5:05 p.m. At the time of undocking, the station was flying about 259 miles over the Pacific Ocean.The Dragon spacecraft successfully departed the space station after arriving at the orbiting laboratory a little over one month ago to deliver about 4,400 pounds of scientific investigations and supplies.After re-entering Earthís atmosphere, the spacecraft will make a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 11. NASA will not broadcast the splashdown, but updates will be posted on the agencyís space station blog.Dragon arrived at the space station Nov. 27, following a launch one day prior on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASAís Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the companyís 26th commercial resupply services mission to the space station for NASA.
The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is pictured departing the vicinity of the space station following its undocking from the Harmony moduleís space-facing port.
Dragon on track for splashdown off the coast of Florida today at ~5:19 a.m. ET