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Releasing Dragon and Cygnus

6 Sep 2018, 13:00 UTC
Releasing Dragon and Cygnus
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ESA dixit:
“The Dragon spacecraft was released from the Station’s robotic arm at 18:38 GMT on 3 August 2018. Thrusters fired to increase its distance from the Space Station and the spacecraft started its deorbit and return to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean less than seven hours after release. The International Space Station flies at 28 800 km/h above our planet doing a complete orbit in around 90 minutes – during release operations the sun set and rose above the horizon many times. As Dragon faded into the distance it flew over a stormy part of Earth – lightning flashes can be seen many kilometres below. Dragon is the only spacecraft that can return to Earth with scientific cargo aside from the Soyuz spacecraft that ferries astronauts to space and back – this flight carried over 1700 kg of cargo.
The International Space Station also released Cygnus supply spacecraft to burn up harmlessly over Earth. The spacecraft was released at 14:17 GMT on 15 July 2018 as the International Space Station flew over Colombia. Cygnus spent two weeks orbiting Earth on its own allowing engineers to conduct tests as well as releasing a series of miniature ...

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