SpaceX take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida to the ISS, May 30, 2020. -
John Raoux / AP / SIPA
NASA announced on Monday the stall of one of the two spacecraft currently docked to the International Space Station (ISS).
The return to Earth of this SpaceX Dragon capsule is scheduled for January 11, at 3 p.m.
This spacecraft was responsible for supplying the international space station, while the other capsule provides transport for astronauts between Earth and the ISS.
Since the beginning of December, these two machines have both been docked to the space station.
It was the first time that SpaceX had two spacecraft docked at the same time to the ISS.
Watch the @SpaceX cargo Dragon, loaded with science experiments and cargo, fire its thrusters and undock from the @Space_Station on Jan.
Live NASA TV coverage will begin at 9am ET: https://t.co/WFzaJEosJm pic.twitter.com/A0XzKzuTQB
- NASA (@NASA) January 4, 2021
SpaceX's other capsule remains docked to the ISS
On its return, the Dragon capsule will bring back the results of six scientific experiments carried out by astronauts within the ISS.
The spacecraft is expected to land in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida in order to "quickly transport scientific data aboard the capsule to the processing center of the space station at the agency's Kennedy Space Center, and put it in the hands of researchers, ”explained NASA.
The other Dragon capsule should remain docked to the ISS for the moment in order to offer an evacuation solution to the astronauts present in the event of a serious incident.
SpaceX: Indonesia invites company to build launch pad for its rockets
Starship rocket: positive for the test of the prototype of SpaceX despite the final explosion