SpaceX's Dragon Capsule Has Arrived at the International Space Station

Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

SpaceX might have captured the news cycle this weekend by successfully landing its rocket on a barge, but they also successfully completed their primary mission: berthing the Dragon Capsule to the ISS, which they did at 9:57am this morning over Algeria.

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The Dragon capsule is loaded down with new supplies for the crew aboard the station, as well as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a new vegetable garden, (which will allow them to grow cabbage), as well as a bunch of medical experiments.

While SpaceX’s successes on Friday are certainly excellent steps forward, the resupply missions are equally as important, given that last time, the CRS-7 mission exploded. Reliably getting the gear and supplies to the station is a milestone in and of itself.

[International Space Station]

Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

DISCUSSION

michaelwalsh01
Michael Walsh

You will be happy to know that the space travel is impossible crowd has already proven the landing of the Falcon 9 on the barge the other day was a clumsy hoax. Something to do with the barge not pointing to the horizon. Remember, the truth is out there, or at least in your mother’s basement.