Dragon Exits ISS, Heads Home

Will land in Pacific Ocean this afternoon

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 28, 2012 8:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – SpaceX's Dragon capsule is headed Earth-ward after astronauts aboard the International Space Station released it this morning, reports the AP. The unmanned capsule is laden with some 2,000 pounds of experiments and old equipment, notably some 500 frozen samples of astronaut blood and urine taken over the past year. Dragon is set for a Pacific splashdown this afternoon a few hundred miles off the coast of Baja California.

SpaceX's Dragon is berthed to the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony node Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012.
SpaceX's Dragon is berthed to the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Harmony node Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/NASA)
SpaceX Dragon is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.
SpaceX Dragon is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/NASA)
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