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The Dragon is free of the International Space Station as it prepares for splashdown this afternoon around 17.40 BST (9.40 PDT, 12.40 EDT). dragon_leaves_iss The Dragon leaves the ISS. Pic credit: NASA SpaceX'S history-making cargoship has successfully detached from the Canadarm, the mechanical arm which pushed it out from the …

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I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

But I didn't realise it was enough to make the time between May 25th and May 31st a whole two weeks.

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

My thoughts exactly!

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

you beat me to it.

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

I was starting to wonder just how drunk I got at the weekend that two weeks had passed.

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

I think El Reg has been confused for a while. I seem to recall an earlier report that mentioned a two week stay, but I can't find it.

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

I assumed i'd lost ten days. In the middle of buying a house and sitting exams etc so its been a bit of a blur.

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

> You beat me to it

It may look like I got beaten to it too, but in fact I'm in orbit and posted first.

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

and 6 hours later the story has still not been updated... another time dilation effect?

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Re: I know relativity means there is time dilation between orbit and the gound

It was just a mix up between Metric and Imperial weeks

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Mistake of how long it was 'docked' aside

It's quite impressive that a private company has got this far - fingers crossed there are no hiccups on the return journey.

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Re: Mistake of how long it was 'docked' aside

I'm not so sure about that. It could mean that rockets and spacecraft have been too expensive until now because of the way contracts were awarded.

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already been spotted but...

25th May

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/25/iss_catches_the_dragon/

Today

Spent 2 weeks docked to the ISS. Erm, it's the 31st May today...

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hmmm

How cool would it be if it turned out Elon Musk was like a James Bond Baddie, and his Dragon started flaming up all the local satelites, holding the world to ransom.....

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Re: hmmm

Wrong film universe. Musk is (as has been noted on previous topics) Tony Stark, which means all he's going to be flaming up is enormous amounts of celebratary sambuca if all goes well.

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Re: hmmm

Nonsense you are both wrong. He is actually Dr. Evil:

http://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/192701084932907009/photo/1/large

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All these reports are severely lacking in information.

in that, as far as I've seen, no-one's told us the most important detail of the whole operation - what was in the "mystery package" >:(

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Re: All these reports are severely lacking in information.

Scotty

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/22/scotty_ashes_dragon/

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Re: All these reports are severely lacking in information.

But that was carried by the second stage, which isn't in a stable orbit. The reports were about a special secret package being delivered to the ISS.

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Re: All these reports are severely lacking in information.

What was in the mystery package? The means to take over the world, surely.

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There goes another one.

Hold your fire, there are no life forms aboard.

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Re: There goes another one.

Terry: Hold your fire? What, are we paying by the laser now?

Soldier 2: You don't do the budget Terry, I do.

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Splashdown

And it's floating...

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