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SpaceX’s uncrewed Dragon spacecraft, ferrying more than 2 tons of scientific experiments and cargo from the International Space Station (ISS), successfully splashed down off the coast of Florida before dawn Tuesday.

The spacecraft’s return marks the commercial space company’s 30th cargo resupply mission of the orbital outpost for the space agency.

Suspended under four deployed parachutes, the capsule landed in the Atlantic Ocean at 1:38 a.m. EST off the coast of Tampa, NASA said.

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“Once Dragon has been retrieved by SpaceX’s recovery team, the critical science aboard the spacecraft will be transported via helicopter to [NASA’s Kennedy Space Center] and provided to researchers,”  SpaceX said in an update following the splashdown.

Later this week, the three NASA astronauts and a Roscosmos cosmonaut who comprise SpaceX Crew-8 currently aboard ISS are set to move a Dragon crew spacecraft capsule in order to make way for new crewmembers who could arrive at the space station as soon as next week. 

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On Thursday, Crew-8 is set to move the Dragon crew spacecraft that is currently docked at the forward port of ISS’s Harmony module to its zenith port, NASA said. The undocking and redocking is expected to take less than an hour.

“That will clear the forward port of Harmony for the arrival of the Boeing Starliner spacecraft with Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams aboard on the Crew Flight Test (CFT) mission,” NASA said.

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Launch of the Boeing Crew Flight Test is planned for 10:34 p.m. Monday at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. It is expected to reach the ISS shortly before 1 a.m. EST May 8.

In preparation for the arrival of @NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test, four crew members will relocate the @SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the space-facing port of the Harmony module on Thursday, May 2.

Live coverage of the relocation will begin at 7:30am ET. https://t.co/JmNvsHSYGu

— International Space Station (@Space_Station) April 29, 2024

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