SpaceX Dragon cargo ship heads for Earth packed with gravity-sensitive experiments

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo resupply spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station packed full of science experiments after one month at the orbiting laboratory.

The capsule, carrying 4,600 lbs. (2,900 kilograms) of material to return to Earth, undocked at 9:12 a.m. EDT (1312 GMT) on Thursday (Sept. 30) while the station was travelling over the Pacific Ocean. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough monitored from inside the International Space Station‘s cupola as the capsule, commanded by ground controllers at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, detached from the station’s Harmony module and fired its thrusters. 

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