CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – A SpaceX capsule has returned to the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas.
Astronauts used the station’s big robot arm to grab the Dragon capsule out of orbit Sunday morning. It’s the second visit for the supply ship, which made a delivery for NASA back in 2015 as well.
SpaceX launched the Dragon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday, using a previously flown Falcon rocket. It was the first time SpaceX had flown a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on top. SpaceX is looking to drive down launch costs through reusability.
The Dragon holds nearly 5,000 pounds of goods, including mice and barley seeds, the latter a Budweiser experiment. As for Christmas presents, NASA isn’t saying, in true Santa style.
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