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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
to Depart Station early Thursday morning
Original Post Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Image Credit: SpaceX
Expedition 31 crew of the International Space Station spent much of the day
Tuesday working with the SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle, reviewing procedures for
the departure of the first commercial spacecraft to visit the station and
packing it with items for return to Earth.
which delivered 1,014 pounds of non-critical cargo on its demonstration flight
to the station, was cleared unanimously Tuesday by the station’s Mission
Management Team for unberthing early Thursday.
reverse order of how Dragon was captured and berthed Friday, the crew will use
the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to detach
the vehicle from the Earth-facing port of the station’s Harmony node at 4:05am, move it away from the station and release it at 5:35am for return to Earth. The SpaceX team in Hawthorne,
Calif., will run Dragon through about five hours of orbital operations before
commanding it to a splashdown for recovery off the California coast.
Note: I’m pretty
sure the above times are Central. But… just in case… You might check in an hour
or so early in case I’m wrong or they get going earlier than said. It
Looks to me like Dragon will be coming down sometime
between 8:30am CDT and 11:30am CDT. More on this sometime this evening…
now, keep up with the latest at links below...
... POST UPDATE: Thursday, May 31st 10:45am CDT . 10:42am CDT is the official Splashdown Time for Dragon this Thursday morning. Congrats go out to ALL
the SpaceX team and NASA on a VERY successful, 1st time commercial