Dragon Departure From Space Station Delayed Due to Adverse Weather

A SpaceX Cargo Dragon spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

As a result of adverse weather conditions at the targeted splashdown zone off the coast of Florida, SpaceX has waived off today’s planned departure of an upgraded SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft.

SpaceX and NASA are now targeting 10:40 a.m. EST on Sunday, January 23 for undocking from the International Space Station of a SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft filled with more than 4,900 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo.

NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast its departure live beginning at 10:15 a.m. EST.

The International Space Station configuration shows the SpaceX Cargo Dragon docked to the Harmony module’s space-facing port. Credit: NASA

Splashing down off the coast of Florida enables quick transportation of the experiments to NASA’s Space Station Processing Facility at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, allowing researchers to collect data with minimal sample exposure to Earth’s gravity.

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