Updated at 9:30 AM ET.
The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule will depart from the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday morning (August 19), and you can watch it live.
robot the Dragon It is scheduled to leave the orbiting laboratory on Friday around 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT). Watch the event live in the window above, courtesy of NASA, or directly through the space agency (Opens in a new tab). Coverage will begin at 10:45 AM ET (1445 GMT).
Dragon was launched above a SpaceX A Falcon 9 rocket on July 14 arrived at the International Space Station two days later with about 5,800 lb (2,630 kg) of scientific supplies and instruments for the occupants of the orbiting laboratory.
NASA and SpaceX originally hoped to evacuate the Dragon cargo ship on Thursday, but canceled the departure due to bad weather at the site of the water spray off the coast of Florida.
The cargo ship is scheduled to return to a land Rainfall in the ocean off the coast of Florida on Saturday (August 20), NASA officials said. It’s packed for the return trip with nearly 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg) of experiments and other equipment for researchers to analyze.
Dragon’s current mission is called Commercial Resupply Services 25, or CRS-25 for short. As the name suggests, it is the 25th contracted cargo flight that SpaceX has flown to the International Space Station for NASA.
SpaceX also has a separate deal for NASA to move astronaut missions to and from the orbiting laboratory, which it does with the manned version of the Dragon. SpaceX is in the middle of the fourth phase of these astronauts’ missions, called Crew 4Crew-5 is scheduled to be launched at the end of next month.
Editor’s note: This story was updated on August 18th with NASA announcing a delay in de-docking due to weather and a new airflow date.
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