The SpaceX Dragon freighter will leave the space station today after a weather delay. How to watch it live.

SpaceX’s latest Dragon freighter is set to undock from the International Space Station today (January 23) after two days of weather delays at its landing site and you can watch it live online.

The Dragon CRS-24 freighter is scheduled to undock from the space station at 10:40 a.m. EST (1540 GMT) today. You can watch it live on this page starting at 10:15 a.m. EST (3:15 p.m. GMT), courtesy of NASA TV.

The Dragon was previously scheduled to leave the station on Saturday for a splashdown on Monday, but bad weather at potential splashdown sites in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida prevented the departure, according to SpaceX.

“SpaceX and NASA have forgone today’s scheduled departure of an upgraded SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft due to high winds in the Gulf splash zones,” NASA spokeswoman Sandra said on Saturday. Jones, during a NASA television update.

Related: Live updates from the International Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon CRS-24 freighter will undock from the International Space Station’s space-oriented docking port on the Harmony module on January 23, 2021. (Image credit: NASA)

There will be no live coverage of SpaceX’s Dragon splash, although it is expected to be late Monday or early Tuesday, weather permitting. Updates on splashdown will be posted on NASA’s Space Station blog and SpaceX’s Twitter page.

The Dragon freighter will send nearly 5,000 pounds (2,267 kilograms) of science back to Earth when it splashes down, including a “cytoskeleton” that uses cell signaling to understand how the human body changes in microgravity. Also on board is a 12-year-old light imaging microscope that is retired after more than a decade of use to study the structure of matter and plants in orbit.

The capsule was originally intended for Friday to undock and Saturday for splashdown, but the procedure was delayed by a day due to poor weather conditions for the return. If the Dragon had undocked Saturday morning, it would have collapsed in the early hours of Monday, according to NASA.

The Dragon spacecraft lifted off on its cargo mission, called CRS-24, on Dec. 21 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and delivered both science and a set of early Christmas gifts to the orbiting complex two days later.

Dragon is the only cargo ship capable of bringing science experiments back to researchers on Earth, as all other such spacecraft burn up in the atmosphere during re-entry. Dragon is often used to transport biological samples that need to be transferred quickly to a scientific facility; Splashes in the Atlantic Ocean will allow rapid transfer of samples to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on the Florida coast, east of Orlando.

According to the NASA Space Station Blog, Expedition 66 crew members have been packing and organizing Dragon’s supplies for at least two weeks, including replacing science freezer components that will house valuable refrigerated science samples. .

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the 24-hour weather delay for the undocking of SpaceX’s Dragon CRS-24 spacecraft to the International Space Station.

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