A SpaceX cargo ship that launched on Thursday, June 3, has arrived safely at the Worldwide Space Station (ISS) early this morning, Saturday, June 5. This was the twenty second resupply mission by SpaceX, and the uncrewed ship carried a wide range of experiments in addition to upgrades for the house station and provides for the crew.
The Space Cargo Dragon craft launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Heart in Florida at about 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, carried by a Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon then traveled over Thursday night time and Friday, earlier than arriving at the ISS and docking at 5:09 a.m. ET on Saturday. The spacecraft docked with the Concord module on the space-facing aspect of the station, overseen by NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur from onboard the station.
NASA additionally shared a hanging video clip of the Dragon flying into the orbital daytime on its strategy to the ISS:
— NASA (@NASA) June 5, 2021
The Dragon was carrying over 7,300 kilos of provides, together with new photo voltaic panels to be added to the ISS as a part of a long-term energy system improve to the station. The Roll-out Photo voltaic Arrays (iROSA) are extra environment friendly than the 20-year-old panels at present on the station and may present a lift to accessible energy.
There are additionally quite a lot of scientific experiments within the cargo, together with experiments with microscopic and extremely hardy creatures referred to as tardigrades, also referred to as water bears. Researchers hope to be taught extra about how these creatures survive in excessive environments. And these aren’t the one quirky creatures hitching a experience into house, as they’re additionally joined by glow in the dead of night bobtail squid, small sea creatures that are being utilized in analysis into the connection between host animals and microbes.
The station now has a complete of 5 spacecraft docked with it. Along with the newly arrived Cargo Dragon, coded CRS-22, there may be additionally a Crew-2 Dragon which carried a gaggle of 4 astronauts to the station in April this 12 months, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo craft named after Katherine Johnson, and two Russian craft: A Soyuz MS-18 crew ship and a Progress 77 resupply ship.
NASA shared a graphic displaying the placement of all of the craft at present at the ISS: