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Video: SpaceX Dragon Departs Space Station, Made It Home With Cargo

The Dragon left the International Space Station on Wednesday morning and splashed into the Pacific in the afternoon.

NASA announced the SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 2:51 p.m. ET near Long Beach, California on Wednesday. The cargo spacecraft contained precious science samples from NASA’s one-year spaceman.

The Dragon left the International Space Station on Wednesday morning. The station’s big robot arm set the Dragon free over Australia. The capsule had been at the station since April 10, dropping off supplies as well as an experimental, inflatable room that will pop open in two weeks.

Nearly 4,000 pounds of items are packed into the Dragon, including blood and urine samples from astronaut Scott Kelly’s one-year mission. Kelly returned to Earth in March and has since retired from NASA. The space agency is eager to get the last of his medical specimens. It’s SpaceX’s first return trip for NASA in a year.

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