The private unnamed spacecraft that carried NASA’s Cargo to the International Space Station is all set to return to The Earth tomorrow, more than three weeks after it had first arrived at the ISS.
SpaceX Dragon spacecraft which was scheduled originally to return today was postponed due to inclement weather developing near its targeted splashdown site in thePacific Ocean.
On its return, the spacecraft will being with it about 1,210 kilogram’s of science samples from human research, biology and biotechnology studies, physical science investigations and education activities.
NASA said in a statement that the additional day that has been spent attached to the orbiting laboratory will not affect science samples.
Dragon is the only space station resupply spacecraft which is able to return to Earth intact.
The Experimented samples which are coming back to Earth will help researchers to continue assess the impact of long-duration spaceflight on the human body.
The Dragon will be unearthed by Expedition 35 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and is scheduled to be detached from the Earth-facing side of the station’s Harmony module.
Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency will back-up cand monitor Dragon’s systems during the activity.
Marshburn, working from the robotic work station in the space station’s cupola, will manoeuvre the station’s robotic arm for the release of the spacecraft.
Dragon will execute three thruster firings to move away from the station to a safe distance for its deorbit burn and will splash down around in the Pacific Ocean west ofBaja California.
NASA said, The plant samples which will return will in turn aid in food production during future long-duration space missions and enhance crop production on Earth,.
Crystalsthat are grown aboard and returning from the station may help scientists to develop more efficient solar cells and semiconductor based electronics.
This is definitely a great time for scientists as they will be witnessing some of the most important matters to enhance the future.