SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule Arrives at the International Space Station

SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule Arrives at the International Space Station”

A SpaceX shipment sent Saturday to the International Space Station was intercepted on Monday morning by Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques using the Canadian-built Canadarm 2 robotic arm.

The Dragon has delivered more than 2.5 tonnes of cargoes to the orbital station: food, equipment and materials for carrying out several dozen scientific experiments planned for the space expedition 59/60, including the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 and the Space Test Program-Houston 6 *(STP-H6). An external cable that normally comes off during launch dangled from the capsule, but did not interfere with the grappling.

"To all the teams around the world, we welcome to the ISS the Dragon spacecraft", Saint-Jacques replied.

"Well done, well captured". "Way to make it look easy".

The space agency says the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule will spend around one month docked with the ISS, during which time the cargo will be unloaded and reloaded with other items that need returned to Earth. It also flew in 2017.

After four weeks at the ISS, the Dragon, with a cargo of 4,400 pounds, will leave the space station and begin its return to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean near Baja California. This marks SpaceX's 17th contracted commercial resupply mission.

The Dragon is the third cargo ship launched to the space station so far this year following a Russian Progress that reached the lab April 4 and a Northrop Grumman Cygnus that was attached to the central Unity module on April 19. It's the only cargo ship capable of coming back intact. This experiment station, NASA previously explained, enables researchers on the ground to control studies on the ISS "as if they were in space themselves", opening the doors to a new type of communication between the two destinations. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.

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