Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore, astronauts with U.S. space agency NASA, used the station’s robotic crane to release the capsule, built and operated by California-based SpaceX, as the company is known, at 9:57 a.m. EDT (1357 GMT) as the two vehicles soared 260 miles (418 km) over the northwest coast of Australia.
“Dragon is free,” mission commentator Rob Navias said during a live broadcast on NASA TV.
The capsule made a parachute descent into the Pacific Ocean, splashing down at 3:38 p.m. EDT (1938 GMT) west of Mexico’s Baja California.
The capsule . . .