The coverage will last 3 hours and begin at 6 a.m. CDT. Space station Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide will be at the controls of the space station’s robotic arm as they back Dragon away from the complex. Dragon is scheduled for release on 8:26 a.m. and will conduct its frist departure burn about a minute later.
The Dragon capsule has brought many supplies to the space station and has brought 882 pounds of cargo, including 260 pounds of crew supplies, 390 pounds of scientific research, 225 pounds of hardware and several pounds of other supplies. All these supplies were to support 166 scientific investigations that were planned for the stations crew, this includes 63 new investigations. The Dragon capsule has been attached to the station’s Harmony module since Oct. 10.
Dragon will return 1,673 pounds of cargo and supplies including 163 pounds of crew supplies, 866 pounds of scientific research, and 518 pounds of vehicle hardware and other hardware. This is good news because the last time NASA and its international partners have brought back this much research was from the space shuttle.
NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For SpaceX’s Dragon coverage, visit: http://www.spacex.com
For information about the International Space Station and Dragon splashdown information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station