It's time for the SpaceX Dragon to come home. The private space company's capsule has been at the International Space Station since early January, bringing with it cargo and Christmas gifts. The capsule is set to detach from the space station at 2:09 pm and begin its journey back to Earth. Stay with us for the latest updates!
Dragon will be released from 257 statute miles above Earth, according to NASA.
The International Space Station is currently over Central Australia.
Behind the controls that will release Dragon back down to Earth -- It's Samantha Cristoforetti! She's Italy's first female astronaut and has become a bit of a superstar while at the ISS, thanks to her frequent social media updates.
Dragon has been released. Next step: Three thruster firings that will move Dragon a safe distance away from the ISS. It's expected to splash down in the Pacific Ocean around 7:44 p.m, caring 4,000 pounds of science experiments, various equipment and things the astronauts no longer need at the ISS.
Dragon is currently above the Tasmin Sea, getting ready to swing across the Pacific. It will ultimately be recovered in 5.5 hours off the coast of California.
When Dragon splashes down in a few hours off the coast of Long Beach, California, it will mark the fifth successful mission for Elon Musk and his SpaceX team.
Dragon is currently 150 meters from the ISS and is preparing for its third departure burn.
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and the SpaceX team just spoke on NASA TV, thanking each other other for a job well done with Dragon. Now, all eyes will be on a successful splashdown and recovery.
Dragon will go through a de-orbit burn at 6:49 PM ET today, less than an hour before splashdown.
As if the homecoming of Dragon wasn't enough, SpaceX is also prepping to launch the DSCOVR satellite tonight on one of its Falcon 9 rockets. After the weather satellite (belonging to NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force) is on its way, SpaceX will try to land part of the rocket on a barge off the coast of Florida. The ability to recycle rockets is something Elon Musk has said will make space travel cheaper.
The video below shows what happened last month when SpaceX attempted to land the Falcon 9 rocket after sending Dragon into space. As Elon Musk put it -- "close but no cigar."
Last month, SpaceX showed off a video animation of what a perfect Falcon 9 landing would look like and it's pretty incredible. Throwing away a rocket after one use has been compared to the disposing of a commercial jetliner. Finding a way to re-use the Falcon 9 would be huge in driving down the cost of space travel.
NASA Update: Weather is 80 percent a go right now for the DSCOVR launch at 6:05 pm ET.
DSCOVR, the climate satellite scheduled to be launched in less than an hour, is about the size of a refrigerator.
Weather is still a variable. We'll know 13 minutes before lift off if SpaceX will move forward with the launch today, otherwise the next window is set for around the same time tomorrow.
We're now one minute away from the "do we or don't we launch today" poll.
It's a no go for today due to upper level winds. SpaceX will try again tomorrow -- the launch is officially scrubbed.
That's all for our live blog. Stay with ABC News later tonight for updates as Dragon splashes down in the Pacific Ocean and the vessel is recovered -- along with the thousands of pounds of important science experiments on board.