Packed with about 3,300 pounds of cargo and science, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Tuesday, August 27. A parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean occurred that afternoon just west of Baja, California. A recovery team then secured Dragon on a boat for the return trip to the Port of Los Angeles, wrapping up SpaceX’s 18th resupply mission to the space station.
Filled with approximately 5,000 pounds of supplies and payloads, Dragon launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on July 25, 2019 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and arrived at the space station on July 27. The Dragon spacecraft supporting the CRS-18 mission previously supported the CRS-6 mission in April 2015 and the CRS-13 mission in December 2017. Dragon is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth.