SpaceX Dragon undocks from the ISS

SpaceX Dragon undocks from the ISS

But Elon Musk's space exploration company is one step ahead of Boeing, as it will get key data from this demo mission to make final adjustments ahead of its inaugural crewed flight. Crew Dragon is now whirling through orbit and is scheduled to splash down in the Atlantic Ocean around 8:45 am ET after spending six days in space for the uncrewed demonstration mission.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule began its journey back to Earth on Friday (March 8) following a successful undocking from the International Space Station (ISS). The capsule then undocked from the International Space Station at 2:32 a.m. Friday after a five-day stay.

Inside the Crew Dragon, you'll see the shape of a person sitting there.

The spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida March 2, docking with the station 27 hours later after a problem-free approach. "We're not quite ready to put humans on either vehicle yet". A dummy, lovingly known as Ripley and dressed in SpaceX's astronaut gear and a suite of sensors, was its lone crew member.

Elon Musk, the CEO of United States private aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, called Russia's rocket engineering "excellent" and said the country's rocket engines are the best now flying, also suggesting that the reusable version of Russia's Angara rocket would be "great".

Yet, when the moment arrived, the spacecraft showed no signs of a rickety descent, eventually deploying its quad-parachute system and safely splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean some 280 miles (~450 kilometers) from its original launching spot at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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With the landing, Crew Dragon's six-day long mission is complete but there's still work to do. By 13:45 UTC the Crew Dragon was bobbing around in the ocean, awaiting collection by the recovery vessel "Go Searcher" stationed nearby. Both SpaceX and Boeing have been working hard to meet that demand, and past year it seemed like Boeing's Starliner would beat the Crew Dragon to its delivery date.

In 2014, NASA awarded contracts to SpaceX and Boeing to develop spacecraft to launch USA astronauts. The company plans to send astronauts onboard the Crew Dragon as early as this summer.

The latest images of Earth palling around with the Expedition 58 crew has her doing some station maintenance, keeping up with her schedule and hitting the gym with McClain.

The timeline for Boeing's Starliner is not as clear.

There were no people on board the spacecraft, built to carry four NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.