NASA Television will provide live coverage of the release and departure of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Coverage will begin at 6 a.m. CDT and conclude approximately three hours later after Dragon has left the vicinity of the orbiting laboratory.
Space station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide will be at the controls of the space station’s robotic arm as they back Dragon away from the complex.
Dragon is scheduled to be released by the crew at 8:26 a.m. and will conduct its first departure burn one minute later.[ Also Read: Google+ Hangout with NASA for Small Businesses ]
The Dragon capsule has been attached to the station’s Harmony module since Oct. 10. The spacecraft delivered 882 pounds of cargo, including 260 pounds of crew supplies, 390 pounds of scientific research, 225 pounds of hardware and several pounds of other supplies.
This included critical materials to support 166 scientific investigations planned for the station’s crew, including 63 new investigations.[ Also Read: NASA Ready to Transfer its Technology to Businesses ]
Dragon will return 1,673 pounds of cargo, including 163 pounds of crew supplies, 866 pounds of scientific research, and 518 pounds of vehicle hardware and other hardware. Not since the space shuttle has NASA and its international partners been able to return considerable amounts of research and samples for analysis.
According to NASA, there will be no live NASA TV coverage of Dragon’s reentry and splashdown, which are scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Mission updates and images of splashdown will be provided when they become available on the SpaceX and NASA websites.
For SpaceX’s Dragon coverage, you can visit: http://www.spacex.com
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