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Rocket: Falcon 9
Payload: Dragon (CRS 2)
Launch Date: March 1, 2013
Launch Time: 10:10 a.m. EST (1510 GMT)
ISS Grapple: March 3 @ 1031 GMT
ISS Departure: March 26, 2013 @ 1056 GMT
Splashdown: March 26, 2013 @ 1634 GMT
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Landing Site: Pacific Ocean

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Posted: March 26, 2013

0805 GMT (4:05 a.m. EDT) Unberthing
The robotic arm removes the Dragon spacecraft from a berthing port on the space station's Harmony module.
1056 GMT (6:56 a.m. EDT) Release
After maneuvering the Dragon to a point between 30 feet and and 40 feet beneath the space station, the robot arm releases the spacecraft.
1057 GMT (6:57 a.m. EDT) Departure Burn 1
Dragon's thrusters fire for the first of three burns to depart the vicinity of the space station.
1059 GMT (6:59 a.m. EDT) Departure Burn 2
Dragon's thrusters fire for the second of three burns to depart the vicinity of the space station.
1105 GMT (7:05 a.m. EDT) Yaw Maneuver
The Dragon spacecraft will complete a 180-degree yaw maneuver.
1106 GMT (7:06 a.m. EDT) Departure Burn 3
Dragon's thrusters fire for the third of three burns to depart the vicinity of the space station.
1425 GMT (10:25 a.m. EDT) Close GNC bay door
The door to Dragon's navigation bay will be closed and latched for re-entry.
1542 GMT (11:42 a.m. EDT) Begin Deorbit Burn
Dragon's Draco thrusters ignite for an approximately 10-minute deorbit burn to begin the journey back to Earth.
1555 GMT (11:55 a.m. EDT) Trunk Jettison
The unpressurized trunk section of the Dragon spacecraft separates. The trunk is designed to burn up on re-entry, while the pressurized capsule returns to Earth intact.
1625 GMT (12:25 p.m. EDT) Deploy Drogue Parachutes
Dual drogue parachutes deploy to stabilize the spacecraft at an altitude of 45,000 feet.
1626 GMT (12:26 p.m. EDT) Deploy Main Parachutes
Three 116-foot-diameter main parachutes deploy at an altitude of 10,000 feet to slow Dragon's descent to about 11 mph.
1634 GMT (12:34 p.m. EDT) Splashdown
Dragon splashes down in the Pacific Ocean about 246 miles west of Baja California.

Data source: NASA

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