SpaceX Cargo Dragon supply ship makes 1st autonomous undocking from space station

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship made its first-ever autonomous undocking from the International Space Station Tuesday (Jan. 12), setting the stage for a return to Earth this week.

The historic event — the first undocking by an uncrewed U.S. supply ship, saw SpaceX’s CRS-21 Cargo Dragon back away from the Harmony module’s space port at 9:05 a.m. EST (1405 GMT).  Live views on NASA Television showed the spacecraft maneuvering in orbit as it left the station as both spacecraft sailed high above the southern Atlantic Ocean.

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