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[i]A NASA official confirmed the anomaly, and said SpaceX shifted the payload-unloading operation it usually conducts at its MacGregor, Texas, facility to the dock at Long Beach, Calif., where the capsule reached land after its recovery at sea. An investigation into the cause of the problem is underway, according to the official.
Witnesses at the port observed significant water as the cold storage containers brought back from the ISS were removed, and there was a report the capsule’s internal humidity sensors tripped, according to an industry source.
The Dragon carried back water samples for analysis to check the performance of the station’s recycling system, but the amount of water in the capsule appeared to be more than could be accounted for by a burst water-transport bag, according to multiple sources.
Recovery of the capsule after it splashed down May 18 took 11 hr., apparently longer than usual, and may have been associated with the problem. This Dragon is an upgraded version, with more carrying capacity and new freezers for samples.[/i]
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