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SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft to Return With Science Samples From ISS

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft to Return With Science Samples From ISS - top government contractors - best government contracting event

SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft to Return With Science Samples From ISS - top government contractors - best government contracting eventA SpaceX-built spacecraft is scheduled to leave the International Space Station on Jan. 13 after a cargo delivery mission to carry science samples back to Earth.

NASA said Tuesday the agency expects Dragon to depart from ISS at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time, then splash down in the Pacific Ocean at 10:36 a.m.

The spacecraft will bring back 4,100 pounds of cargo, including samples from human and animal research; biology and biotechnology studies; physical science investigations and education activities.

Dragon lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Dec. 15 aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as part of the company’s 13th ISS resupply mission under a contract with NASA.

NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, a non-profit organization, will receive samples retrieved from Dragon and work with researchers to process and distribute the samples within 48 hours of splashdown.

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