SpaceX conveys mice and a drifting robot to the International Space Station

10 Décembre, 2019, 23:29 | Auteur: Therese Cote

"Whenever we welcome a new vehicle on board, we take on board also a little bit of the soul of everybody that contributed to the project, so welcome on board", said the Italian astronaut Luca, according to the CNBC report.

The Russian-constructed Progress 74 spacecraft linked up with the space station's Pirs docking compartment at 5:35 a.m. EST (1035 GMT) to deliver 2.7 tons of contemporary provides for the outpost's six-individual Expedition 61 crew. "Progress will arrive after making 49 orbits of Earth in three days since its launch Friday". "So, welcome on board".

In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), back dropped by planet Earth the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation May 29, 2011 in space.

Yesterday, an uncrewed SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the station to ship greater than 2.5 tons of providers and science gear to the station. A high-tech toolbox used for external maintenance of the International Space station was sent up as well. Kelly, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) husband, has lead mission STS-134 as it delivered the Express Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-2) to the International Space Station. The first launched in 2015 and was joined by a backup unit later.

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The Dragon capsule also contains a group of genetically enhanced "mighty mice" that will help scientists understand how to limit muscle and bone loss in humans while they're in space. It's actually the fourth space experiment by Budweiser parent Anheuser-Busch to the space station.

This is the 19th successful delivery done by SpaceX over the past seven years.

SpaceX has an agreement with NASA to proceed resupply missions through 2024, with the space organization presently testing a team conveying rendition of the Dragon in anticipation of its first-since forever dispatch with space travelers ready.

Dragon's CRS-19 mission will end on January 6, when the spacecraft will return to Earth and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

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