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SpaceX Dragon spacecraft leaves International Space Station

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SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft was successfully released on Thursday (May 21) from the International Space Station, a $100 billion research laboratory about 260 miles (418 km) above Earth, NASA said. According to NASA, Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with the station's robotic arm on April 17. After leaving the space station, the capsule will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean carrying NASA science samples and cargo. SpaceX is one of two companies hired by NASA to fly cargo to the station following the retirement of the space shuttles. In addition to a recently extended 15-flight NASA cargo delivery contract, worth more than $2 billion, SpaceX is working on a passenger version of the Dragon capsule and has dozens of contracts to deliver commercial communications satellites into orbit. For more news and videos visit ☛ http://ntdtv.tv Follow us on Twitter ☛ http://twitter.com/NTDTelevision Add us on Facebook ☛ http://on.fb.me/s5KV2C