Cape Canaveral, Fla. -
The Dragon Capsule made by SpaceX has departed the International Space Station, ISS, and is on its way back to earth filled with ISS waste cargo along with special sensors that will help engineers make sure the internal atmosphere is suitable for humans. The capsule will splash down in the Pacific Ocean about 560 miles southwest of Los Angeles sometime between noon and 2:00pm eastern time.
The Dragon capsule was docked at the ISS for five days, and is the first private launch and docking of a commercial rocket and capsule designed to carry humans and cargo. It will also be the only company to retrieve a launch vehicle, with Russia, Japan, and Europe all designed to burn up in the atmosphere.