Watch SpaceX's Dragon Bid Farewell to Space Station in This Incredible 4K Video

It takes just 45 seconds for a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule to depart from the International Space Station and disappear from sight in an incredible new video. SpaceX released the footage on Twitter on Aug. 31.

The video was captured from the space station's forward hatch on Aug. 3 during the most recent Dragon departure; you can also watch the video in 4K, for the best-quality footage.

The capsule had carried a range of supplies and scientific equipment to the astronauts aboard the space station, docking at the beginning of July. Those materials included an experiment meant to study how microgravity conditions aboard the space station affect cell growth and an instrument called ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS), which studies the water use of plants around the globe. The haul also included a spare part for the Canadarm2 device, which grapples spacecraft to the station. Dragon brought the astronauts a special treat, too: ice cream.

In fact, it was that very Canadarm2 that released the Dragon capsule on its journey back to Earth after its month-long stay attached to the space station. On its return, the Dragon carried 3,800 lbs. (1720 kilograms) of cargo out of orbit.

But you'd never guess that the capsule was so full from watching its departure, gliding gently off the space station and toward the blue marble that fills the background.

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Meghan Bartels
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Meghan is a senior writer at and has more than five years' experience as a science journalist based in New York City. She joined in July 2018, with previous writing published in outlets including Newsweek and Audubon. Meghan earned an MA in science journalism from New York University and a BA in classics from Georgetown University, and in her free time she enjoys reading and visiting museums. Follow her on Twitter at @meghanbartels.