SpaceX Cargo Dragon Departs the Space Station

A SpaceX cargo Dragon is seen as it departs the International Space Station on April 15, 2023.
A SpaceX cargo Dragon undocked from the International Space Station at 11:05 a.m. EDT on April 15, 2023, as the station was flying over the Indian Ocean. It will return nearly 4,300 pounds of scientific samples and hardware for NASA.

Following commands from ground controllers at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, Dragon undocked at 11:05 a.m. from the forward port of the station’s Harmony module. At the time of undocking the station was flying over the Indian Ocean.

After re-entering Earth’s atmosphere, the spacecraft will make a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of Florida on Saturday, April 15. NASA will not broadcast the splashdown, but updates will be posted on the agency’s space station blog.

Dragon arrived at the space station March 16 as SpaceX’s 27th Commercial Resupply Services mission for NASA, delivering more than 6,000 pounds of research investigations, crew supplies, and station hardware. It was launched March 14 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy.

Learn more about station activities by following the space station blog, @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as well as the ISS Facebook and ISS Instagram accounts.

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2 thoughts on “SpaceX Cargo Dragon Departs the Space Station”

  1. Just watched the Space Station passing by over Pretoria, South Africa. Unbeknown to me that I would also observed a smaller following glow of the un-docked Dragon SPX 27 (hope that’s correct). I took a short video with my cellphone, but not the best quality unfortunately. I’m excited, nonetheless, as it’s my first observation of something like that with my naked eye.

    1. Mahlubi. What a coincidence. Im in Centurion and saw exactly the same thing and was bit puzzled but throught it was either a supply ship that was about to dock or one that undocked and still following the same orbit. I then earlier also found it was the Dragon that undocked at 11.05am EDT and still in same orbit before re-entering earth’s atmosphere. Markus

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