SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule departs space station for trip back to Earth

SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule departs space station for trip back to Earth

SpaceX Dragon left the International Space Station on Friday (August 19) and began its descent to Earth.

At 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT), Dragon undocked from the ISS 259 miles above the South Pacific Ocean off Hawaii.

The spacecraft will land on Saturday, August 20, according to NASA officials.

"Goodbye Dragon, thanks for the supplies and science," Michael Ellsworth radioed from Houston.

Jessica Watkins, aboard the space station, congratulated the SpaceX-25 team.

Dragon's undocking video shows it pushing away from the ISS during an orbital sunrise.

Dragon launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on July 14 and arrived two days later.

Bad weather off the Florida coast delayed NASA and SpaceX's Dragon launch on Thursday.

For the return trip, it's filled with 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg) of experiments and other gear.

For the return trip, it's filled with 4,000 pounds (1,815 kg) of experiments and other gear.

Commercial Resupply Services 25, also known as SpaceX-25 and the latest mission of Dragon.

It's SpaceX's 25th cargo journey for NASA to the ISS.

SpaceX has a separate NASA contract to fly crewed Dragon missions to and from the orbiting lab.

SpaceX is currently launching Crew-4 and will launch Crew-5 in September.