In this photo provided by NASA, the SpaceX Dragon capsule is berthed at the International Space Station Sunday April 20, 2014 as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost.
Dragon is released from the ISS! Departure burns 1&2 complete. pic.twitter.com/04vGDbQU02— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 18, 2014
When it is time to return to Earth, the orbiter is rotated tail-first into the direction of travel to prepare for another firing of the orbital maneuvering system engines. This firing is called the deorbit burn.
Deorbit burn complete and trunk has separated. Splashdown on target for 12:05pm PT. pic.twitter.com/ulA2KhwYfB— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 18, 2014
Splashdown is confirmed!! Welcome home, Dragon!— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 18, 2014
[PHOTO] Splashdown! Dragon lands in the Pacific Ocean with 3,500 pounds of ISS cargo. pic.twitter.com/X4fuUQm247— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 18, 2014