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SpaceX Dragon departs International Space Station after month's stay

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 01:00

May 18 - SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft leaves the International Space Station after a month-long mission aboard the orbital outpost. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft left the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday (May 18), ending a month-long mission aboard the orbital outpost. Dragon began its release from the space station at 9:26 a.m. EDT (1326 GMT). The capsule is retuning with more than 1,600 pounds of scientific supplies, including samples from biology, biotechnology and physical science investigations, as well as human research, NASA said. The supplies will be retrieved after the capsule's splashdown in the Pacific Ocean scheduled for Sunday afternoon. This was the company's third contracted supply mission to the ISS. Space Exploration (SpaceX) is one of two companies hired by NASA to fly cargo to the space station after the space shuttles were retired in 2011. So far, SpaceX has made one test flight and three cargo runs to the station under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. The company is also competing to develop a space taxi for astronauts.

SpaceX Dragon departs International Space Station after month's stay

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 01:00

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