SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft has reached the International Space Station to deliver the second commercial crew docking port and about 2,300 kilograms of science investigations and supplies.
Dragon arrived at the International Space Station on 27 July 2019 and was captured while flying above the coast of southern Chile.
The spacecraft was then installed on the Harmony module for the duration of its four-week stay at the orbiting laboratory.
The spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and joined three other spacecraft currently at the space station.
This delivery, SpaceX’s 18th cargo flight to the ISS under a commercial resupply services contract with NASA, will support dozens of new and existing investigations.
The ISS continues to be a one-of-a-kind laboratory where NASA is conducting world-class research in fields, such as biology, physics and materials science. NASA’s research and development work aboard the ISS contributes to the agency’s deep space exploration plans, including returning astronauts to the moon’s surface in five years and preparing to send humans to Mars.
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