SpaceX capsule Provides bounty
A SpaceX shipment arrived on Wednesday at the International Space Station, delivering a bonanza of science experiments.
The SpaceX Dragon capsule pulled up after a flight from Cape Canaveral. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer used the space station’s hefty robot arm to grab the Dragon 250 miles (400 kilometres) over the Pacific, near New Zealand.
The Dragon holds 3 tons of cargo research. The science load involves 20 mice for an eye and eye study, a satellite using cheap scopes for viewing, and a ray monitor.
Lucky for the six-person team of the station, a assortment of ice cream is stashed away in freezers. It happens next month, 50 turns.
“Congratulations on a job well done,” Mission Control radioed from Houston. “You guys have only won yourselves some new food.”
Fischer said that he was honoured to grab the Dragon contracted the one, by NASA under bargains under the agreement with more on the way. It is a testament to the commercial space effort, which “has become a pillar of support” to NASA, he said.
“The team stands ready to stone the science like a boss,” Fischer said, giving a rundown on the study within the Dragon’s “belly.”
It’s enough for over 250 experiments in the coming months, he noticed.
“Need to get back to work. We have got a Dragon to unload,” Fischer told Mission Control.
SpaceX is one of the two shippers of NASA for channel supplies. Orbital ATK is another; its delivery is from Wallops Island, Virginia in November. The freight hauls handled by the currently retired space shuttles of NASA have been taken over by both firms.