Watch the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule leave the space station on Friday

Watch the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule leave the space station on Friday

The robotic cargo plane is scheduled to depart from the ISS around 11:05 am.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule will leave the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday (August 19) morning, and you can watch it live.

Robotic Dragon is scheduled to lift off from the orbiting laboratory at around 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) on Friday. Watch the action live in the window above, courtesy of NASA or directly via the space agency (opens in a new tab). Coverage will begin at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT).

Dragon launched on July 14 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and arrived at the ISS two days later with about 5,800 pounds (2,630 kilograms) of supplies and scientific hardware for the orbiting laboratory’s occupants.

NASA and SpaceX had originally hoped to undock the Dragon cargo ship on Thursday, but bad weather at the splashdown site off the coast of Florida canceled the departure.

The cargo ship will return to Earth in a splashdown in the ocean off the coast of Florida on Saturday (Aug. 20), NASA officials said. It is loaded with approximately 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg) of experiments and other gear for researchers to analyze for the return trip.

Dragon’s current mission is called Commercial Resupply Services 25, or CRS-25 for short. As the name suggests, this is the 25th contracted cargo flight that SpaceX has flown to the ISS for NASA.

SpaceX also has a separate NASA contract to launch astronauts to and from the orbiting laboratory, which it does with a crude version of Dragon. SpaceX is in the middle of its fourth mission of astronauts, called Crew-4, and will launch Crew-5 late next month.

Sneha Mali

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