As I write this, moments ago, the SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a two week mission to the International Space Station. Splashdown occurred at 19:22 UTC. Yay!
[UPDATE (20:30 UTC): SpaceX has a picture of the Dragon floating in the Pacific:
Click to ensmaugenate.]
This ends the first operational mission of the Dragon. It's the first of twelve contracted by NASA to bring supplies up to and back from the ISS. There was no live coverage of the splashdown, unfortunately (and no, I don't know why; I imagine that'll come out soon) but NASA did get footage of the Dragin un-berthing from ISS. Here it is, sped up 15x:
I should add the "Enterprise leaving drydock" music from Star Trek II in there.
Anyway, congrats to everyone at SpaceX and NASA. I'll note that while most of this mission went smoothly, there is still the issue of the engine that failed during launch, resulting in the loss of an ORBCOMM satellite secondary payload. Hopefully SpaceX will discuss this more during the mission wrap-up.
Image credit: SpaceX
- Frankenstorm and the Dragon
- SpaceX Falcon 9 lost an engine on the way up; Dragon on its way to ISS
- History is made as Dragon splashes down safely in the Pacific!