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U.S. Commercial Cargo Spacecraft Departs International Space Station

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After spending a month at the International Space Station and delivering several tons of supplies and scientific experiments, the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft departed Jan. 13, headed for a parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean southwest of Long Beach, California. Ground controllers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston sent commands to release Dragon from the Canadarm2 robotic arm while Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Scott Tingle of NASA monitored the activity from the station’s cupola. Loaded with scientific samples and other cargo, Dragon was scheduled to conduct a deorbit burn a few hours after its release for its descent back to Earth.

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