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SpaceX Cargo Dragon returns with space suits from the ISS | Digital Trends Spanish


A space ship SpaceX Uncrewed Cargo Dragon has landed off the coast of Florida, returning from the International Space Station (ISS) with a variety of scientific experiments on board.

The spacecraft touched down in the ocean near Cape Canaveral at 2:53 pm ET on Saturday, August 20, ending SpaceX’s 25th cargo mission to the ISS. Cargo Dragon undocked from the ISS Harmony module at 11:00 am ET on Friday, August 19, traveling back to Earth throughout the day and overnight before arriving on Saturday afternoon.

The Dragon had been on the ISS for about a month, having arrived on Saturday July 15, carrying more than 4,000 pounds of scientific research and supplies for the ISS crew. On the return leg of its journey, the spacecraft once again carried around 4,000 pounds of cargo back to Earth, including the results of various scientific experiments that had been performed on the space station.

Among the items brought back to Earth were parts of a spacesuit, or Extravehicular Mobility Unit, after an incident in March this year in which a leak caused water to pool inside the helmet of European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer during a spacewalk. NASA assured the public that Maurer was not in danger from the water, but the incident led to the suspension of spacewalks so that the subject could be investigated. Parts of the spacesuit that Maurer was wearing have been returned on the Dragon spacecraft for “further analysis and to address any potential solutions that may be required,” according to The NASA. The agency added: “The crew remains in good health, continuing their activities on the station, and there are no planned spacewalks on the US operating segment in the near future.”

Other items in the Dragon include the results of an investigation into how various materials and components withstand the orbital environment, including parts for future spacecraft and portable radiation shielding, as well as a space suit cooling system and an experiment on the use of «bioinks» to create Band-Aids made from a patient’s own cells if they are injured at the station.

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