Thu. Apr 15th, 2021

Dragon Delays Departure While Crew Studies Space Biology and Botany

The Expedition 61 crew aboard the International space platform is preparing to bid farewell to a U.S. space freighter. The astronauts also are exploring what microgravity does to biology and botany to enhance life for astronauts and Earthlings.

Station mission managers and SpaceX officials rescheduled the departure of the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship from the complex from Sunday night to early Tuesday thanks to a forecast of high seas within the Pacific splashdown zone. Dragon is now scheduled to be released on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 5:03 a.m. EST when the Canadarm2 robotic arm will set the craft free following its unbolting from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module. Dragon will parachute to a splashdown southwest of Long Beach , California, Tuesday at around 10:41 a.m. loaded with station hardware and research results for analysis.

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