Published on Mar 26, 2013
After three weeks attached to the International Space Station, the SpaceX Dragon cargo ship was unberthed and released by Expedition 35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn March 25 using the Canadarm 2 robotic arm from a workstation in the station’s Cupola. After moving a safe distance away from the station, Dragon performed a deorbit burn to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean west of Baja California. Dragon was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket March 1 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., arriving at the station on March 3 with supplies and vital science experiments. Dragon returned to Earth laden with a cache of scientific samples for analyses by researchers.