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The cargo spacecraft, Dragon from SpaceX, is reported
to be going back on land from the International Space Station (ISS) on Aug. 26. The cargo vehicle contains a plethora of cargo and experiments bound for re-entry, then splashdown. This includes 12 mice.
NASA’s Kate Rubins, astronaut and Japan’s Takuya Onishi, fellow astronaut released the unmanned space capsule back here towards us, yes us earthlings. It is said to be carrying 1.4 kg of gear at around 6 in the morning EDT, released in space, by a robotic arm. The craft is now moving a safely from the station, enough distance to blast its engines leave orbit for re-entry to Earth.
The Dragon spacecraft departed the Earth and docked at the ISS last July 20, along with it are essential experiment items, supplies, and tools for the 6 crew members. The significance of the mice were to help study the effects of long term exposure of weightlessness towards the physiological and performance aspects of the human heart. The study is intensive, down to a cellular level. The experiments could spearhead the discovery of heart-preserving methods for future space travelers who will be experiencing little to none of gravity.
More breakthrough should be released soon as the data of the experiment is being wrapped up.
Welcome back, Dragon!