The SpaceX’s Dragon capsule landed at the International Space Station on Monday, May 6th after being launched on Saturday, May 4th from a platform only a few miles from the shoreline in the Atlantic Ocean. The capsule was launched on a Falcon rocket carrying 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of supplies such as equipment and research experiments for the astronauts located at the space station.
David Saint-Jacques, a Canadian astronaut and one of the residents of the International Space Station, put in use the station’s big computerized arm, made in Canada and named Canadarm to photograph the Dragon cargo capsule about 250 miles (400 kilometers) over the North Atlantic Ocean. An exterior wire that under normal conditions detaches from the capsule only during launch swayed from it but it did not endanger the capturing.
David Saint-Jacques complimented the teams on the soil for their help speaking in English and French as well, adding that he is extremely proud every time the station’s Canadian arm which is 58-foot (18 meters) is utilized in the lane.
SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule Arrives at the International Space Station
SpaceX launched the Dragon cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral in Florida, days after a delayed attempt. Supposed to take off on Friday, May 3rd, the shipment launch was postponed for Saturday, May the 4th at the last minute due to an electrical issue.
This mission is the second on Dragon’s accomplishments list, its first visit to the space station being back in 2017. This is SpaceX 17th shipment mission to the station, the first one happening in the year 2012, with Northrop Grumman being NASA’s other rocket and its cargo ship named Cygnus.
The Dragon cargo capsule will stay at the space station for a total of about 30 days, and will return to Earth with research samples, and also space debris. The Dragon is the only cargo ship able to return to Earth in one piece.