SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon departure from the International Space Station was postponed Monday morning due to weather in the spray zone off the east coast of Florida.
The originally planned unscrewed spacecraft will disengage at 9:25 a.m. ET. but was pushed out at 10 o’clock in the morning entirely because of the bad weather near Daytona. Departure was scratched for the day just before 10 a.m. ET.
“A new date and time of withdrawal are currently being evaluated,” NASA’s Kennedy Space Center said.
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If the withdrawal had continued as planned, Cargo Dragon would have had to launch a parachute launch around 9 p.m. on Monday.
“The splash off the coast of Florida allows science to be quickly transported aboard the capsule to the agency’s Kennedy space station processing facility and back into the hands of researchers,” NASA explained in a note released Jan. 4. “This shorter transport time allows researchers to collect data with minimal loss of microgravity effects. “
The cargo ship CRS-21 launched to the International Space Station on December 6, 2020 from launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The cargo ship delivered over 6,400 pounds of hardware, research and supplies to the crew.
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Last week, Northrop Grumman’s unscrewed Cygnus spacecraft left the space station. Cygnus will remain in orbit until January 26, testing new technologies before its fiery destruction upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
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