A U.S. cargo craft is preparing to depart the International space platform early next week loaded with research results and degraded hardware for analysis on Earth. Meanwhile, the Expedition 61 crew explored a spread of space phenomena including how flames spread in weightlessness.
The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship is being configured for its departure on Jan. 5 after a month attached to the Harmony module. Dragon are going to be released from the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm on Sunday at 9:41 p.m. EST and splashdown within the Pacific off the coast California a couple of hours later.
NASA aircrewman Andrew Morgan is leading the packing activities today with assistance from fellow NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch. The trio are going to be preserving and loading finalized experiment results inside Dragon. Obsolete hardware exposed to the harshness of space also will be returned to Earth for engineering inspections.
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