SpaceX CRS-16 Dragon Spacecraft Returns to Earth

The SpaceX’s CRS-16 Dragon spacecraft has returned to the Earth after completing a month-long Resupply mission. The CRS-16 Dragon was sent to the International Space Station for Resupply Mission last year in December. The spacecraft has returned to the Earth a few hours ago and had successful splashdown. The mission was expected to complete a week ago, but the adverse weather conditions on the ground delayed the End of Mission. But now, the weather was clear and ground control permitted for End of Mission for the SpaceX CRS-16 spacecraft. It was attached to the Outpost of the International Space Station for over a month and has completed the mission.

The Spacecraft was attached to the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module. It was released from the ISS on 6:33 p.m. EST. After releasing from the Harmony Module, the Spacecraft performed three departure burns to move away from the International Space Station and achieve the entry point in the atmosphere. After departure burns, the craft performed some orbital maneuvers and at 11:20 p.m. EST, the Deorbit command was issued. After that, the craft entered in the earth’s atmosphere using Draco thrusters and slowed down shortly afterward.

After the re-entry, the spacecraft’s parachutes detached and started to slow it down. It touched down in the water successfully few minutes after the entry. The CRS-16 spacecraft was launched by Falcon-9 rocket on December 5. 2019 and reached the International Space Station on December 8, 2018. When launched, the CRS-16 had 5,600 pounds of science and crew supplies for the international space station. Previously, the End of Mission was scheduled on January 10th, 2019 but postponed due to adverse weather conditions over the landing zone.

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