“The American astronaut Donald Pettit released Dragon using the Canadarm robotic arm. The ship began its descent. Its fall into the Pacific Ocean is expected around 7:44 p.m. (3:44 p.m. UTC),” said the spokesman.
Dragon should fall to 400 nautical miles (about 740 miles) southwest of Los Angeles.Its fall will be controlled by two special planes. Three rescue vessels will participate in the recovery operation of the capsule.
The ISS crew will not follow the entrance of the Dragon capsule into Earth’s atmosphere on the sunlit face of the planet, where sunlight hide the brightness of the dish hot.
Designed by U.S. company SpaceX Dragon flew to the ISS on May 22 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Last Friday, it was docked to the station. The freighter is able to carry six tons of cargo into orbit and bring back three tons, according to NASA. But this time it has delivered only about 520 tonnes of cargo to the ISS – products whose crew could happen in the event of launch failure. During the return journey, Dragon brings nearly 660 kg of cargo – a pump of urine recycler, elements of the water purification system and parts of suits.
SpaceX, which took four years to create Dragon, made the first shot of the capsule through the launcher Falcon (Falcon) in December 2010. The second flight, the program provided for the stowage of the Dragon Harmony module of the ISS, was originally scheduled for Feb. 7, but SpaceX has delayed several times.