Successful Homecoming for SpaceX Dragon after month-long ISS Mission

The SpaceX Dragon SpX-9 spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Friday and parachuted to a safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean after dropping over two metric tons of cargo off at ISS and picking up over one ton of return items, eagerly awaited by scientists and engineers.

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Commercial Crew Docking Adapter to be installed on ISS via complex Robotics & Spacewalk

A critical docking adapter installation is on tap aboard the International Space Station this week with ambitious task outline split between robotic work completed remotely from the ground and a spacewalk to be carried out on Friday by Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins.

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Photos: Dragon Cargo Spacecraft arrives at ISS

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft links up with the International Space Station for a robotic capture to mark the start of a five-week stay facilitating the transfer of over two metric tons of cargo including the robotic installation of International Docking Adapter 2 to prepare the Station for the start of commercial crew traffic.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon to Orbit, flies First Stage back to Florida for Powered Landing

It was a spectacle with two acts at Florida’s Space Coast Sunday night when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lit up the night skies twice, first when thundering into orbit with the Dragon SpX-9 cargo ship and again when the rocket’s first stage fell back toward a powered landing on a flat pad south of the launch site.

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