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SpaceX Dragon CRS-2 departs International Space Station and splashes down successfully

26 Mar 2013, 17:14 UTC
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2 departs International Space Station and splashes down successfully
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Dragon held on robotic arm awaiting release. Courtesy: NASA TV
After delays due to high seas in the landing area, the SpaceX Dragon CRS-2 cargo craft was finally splashed down in the Pacific on 26 March ready for recovery. Previously on the same day Dragon CRS 2 had unberthed/undocked with the International Space Station’s (ISS) Harmony module at 0810 GMT and after being initially moved away using robotic arm it was fully released 1056 GMT. After making a series of three burns to move away from the space statiov Dragon CRS-2 made a de-orbit burn which was completed at 1556 GMT. Dragon CRS 2 re-entered at 1615 GMT and made splashdown at 1634 GMT in Pacific Ocean.
The Dragon CRS-2 craft nearly never made it to the International Space Station after a propulsion pressurisation blockage happened shortly after launch. However, engineers were able to remove this blockage by cycling the pressurisation system and Dragon was able to rendezvous and dock with the space station.

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