SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully returns from 12th ISS resupply mission

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The capsule will splash down at about 10:14 the Pacific Ocean, where recovery forces will retrieve the capsule and its more than 3,800 pounds of cargo and research.

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and the European Space Agency's Paolo Nespoli released the Dragon from the Harmony module early this morning, at 4:47 a.m. EDT (0847 GMT), using the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth today (Sept. 17) after a nine-month stay at the International Space Station. Science equipment on board included a protein-crystal growth experiment to research a new treatment for Parkinson's disease, another experiment for growing lung tissue from stem cells and 20 mice that would demonstrate the physiological effects of spaceflight. A variety of technological and biological studies are returning in Dragon.

A cargo ship operated by the privately-run U.S. aerospace company SpaceX departed the International Space Station and is returning to Earth. The capsule landed off the coast of Baja California.

NASA has announced its intention to conduct a live broadcast as the cargo spacecraft will separate from the ISS and sent to Earth. Dragon brought a number of experimental payloads to the ISS, including a supercomputer built by HPE that is created to test whether software hardening alone, without any additional hardware changes vs. a standard supercomputer configuration, can keep the computer operating as intended in the harsh conditions of space. This was the last new Dragon to deliver cargo to the space station.

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