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DRAGON RESUPPLY MISSION (CRS-17) SPLASHDOWN
Packed with about 4,200 pounds of cargo and science, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Monday, June 3. 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 17th resupply mission to the space station.
Filled with more than 5,500 pounds of supplies and payloads, Dragon launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on May 4, 2019 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and arrived at the space station on May 6. The Dragon spacecraft flown on this mission previously visited the space station during SpaceX’s CRS-12 mission in August 2017. Dragon is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth.