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    SpaceX Dragon leaves Space Station

    SpaceX Dragon leaves space station for trip home - Yahoo! News

    Coolest news all week. The first private spacecraft docks with the ISS successfully, now headed home.



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    Re: SpaceX Dragon leaves Space Station

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    Re: SpaceX Dragon leaves Space Station

    The unmanned Dragon capsule is returning nearly 1,400 pounds of old space station equipment and some science samples, a little more than it took up. Because it is a test flight, NASA did not want to load it with anything valuable.
    The retro bell-shaped capsule was set to parachute down in the style of NASA's old Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. A Dragon has returned from orbit once before, on a solo shakedown mission in December 2010.
    Russia's Soyuz spacecraft for carrying crews also parachutes down, but on land, deep inside Kazakhstan. All of the government-provided cargo vessels of Russia, Europe and Japan, meanwhile, burn up on descent.


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