May 30th, 2012

Sy Liebergot

Dragon Returning to Earth

The SpaceX Dragon capsule hatch has been sealed. In the next few hours they will unberth it, using the robotic arm for basically the reverse of the capture sequence.

It will make a few orbits and then perform a deorbit burn to re-enter the atmosphere. The capsule is due to splashdown at approximately 8:44 AM Pacific/11:44 AM Eastern on Thursday, May 31st.

Inside of Dragon:

Astronaut Petit's comments on the photo:
"Inside of the Dragon module. Beautiful. Spacious, Modern. Blue LEDs. Feels a bit like a sci-fi filmset. Of course it is from Los Angeles."

Astronauts can have senses of humor too. :D