Watch live as SpaceX attempts return to Earth today

The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, which launched last month with 7,000 pounds of cargo for the International Space Station, is scheduled to end it’s orbital journey Wednesday and return to Earth.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft nears the International Space Station during the CRS-8 mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the International Space Station. Credits: NASA

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft nears the International Space Station during the CRS-8 mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the International Space Station.
Credits: NASA

NASA is broadcasting the event live starting at 9 a.m. when the ship is expected to begin the trip by detaching from the station.

After epic crash, historic success for SpaceX. 

Laden with 3,700 pounds of cargo and research, the return won’t really crank up until 2 p.m. when the ship will begin its deorbit, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at 2:55 p.m. While this may be the most exciting part of the return, NASA said it is not broadcasting the deorbit burn or splashdown.

Dragon is the only space station supply ship able to return to Earth intact, according to NASA. It launched April 8 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral with experiments that will further NASA’s attempt to reach Mars. Included in the cargo were seeds for Chinese cabbage.

In the event the weather doesn’t cooperate, the return will be rescheduled for Thursday.

For NASA TV scheduling and video streaming information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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The SpaceX Dragon cargo spaceship is grappled by the International Space Station’s Canadarm2. The spacecraft delivered about 7,000 pounds of science and research investigations on April 10, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). Credits: NASA

 

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