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SpaceX's Upgraded Cargo Dragon Made Its First Crash In The Atlantic
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The spacecraft returned to Earth from the slotxo International Space Station on Wednesday, making its first splash off the coast of Florida.The Dragon CRS-21 mission, shipping on SpaceX's 21st space station for NASA, launched on December 6, 2020, weighing 6,400 pounds, supplies and science equipment (2,903 kilograms) for the Expedition 64's seven-person crew after a one-day delay. Due to bad weather in the splash zone, the upgraded spacecraft will automatically take off from the space station for the first time on Tuesday (Jan. 12) and splash down west of Tampa about 35 hours later. 

At 8:26 p.m. EST on Wed. Jan. 13 (0126 Jan. 14 GMT).As the previous Dragon's cargo mission ended with a parachute jump-off in the Pacific, the new upgraded SpaceX cargo ship was designed to land in the Atlantic Ocean near the Science Processing Center at Kennedy Space. NASA's Center in Florida The CRS-21 mission wasn't just the first to land near Florida. But it's also the first time that it has automatically docked and disengaged from the International Space Station.Previously, Cargo Dragons relied on astronauts using the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to fight off the spaceship and to the orbiting lab.
Other space cargo vehicles, such as Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft and the Japanese H-II transfer vehicle, were intentionally destroyed at the end of the mission. The space station astronauts fill the capsules in the trash, then use Canadarm2 to send them to Earth, and they safely burn in the atmosphere, however, SpaceX's Dragon is a reusable spacecraft. Designed to safely send scientific experiments back to Earth from the space station, the Dragon CRS-21 mission returns with more than 4,400 pounds (2,000 kg) of "valuable scientific experiments and other goodies". NASA's said in a statement.
The upgraded Dragon capsule used for this mission has twice the drivetrain of the previous capsule, enabling significantly more research to be returned to scientists," NASA said. It added, "Some scientists will quickly get their research back four to nine hours after the splash.Some of the scientific items on board include organically engineered heart tissue grown from human stem cells, a biofilm that can corrode stainless steel, zero-g fiber optics. And so on SpaceX is planning to launch its next Dragon cargo mission, CRS-22, in May this year.The company's Crew Dragon capsule is currently connected to the space station and is expected to return to Earth with a crew of four in May. As well, the next Dragon launch will be another Crew Dragon, scheduled to launch its Crew-2 mission with four other astronauts in March.
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