The cargo ship Dragon successfully docked to the ISS
The cargo spacecraft Dragon has successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS). The docking took place using a manipulator arm on the American segment of the station.
This is the fourteenth mission of the Dragon to the ISS. The space truck delivered to the station scientific instruments designed to study extreme phenomena in the Earth's atmosphere. In addition, a new greenhouse has arrived at the ISS to grow food crops at the station.
Also, astronauts will use new samples and equipment to investigate the effect of the weightless state on products with high performance properties, to conduct experiments on the effects of outer space on various materials and components.
To the orbit, the Dragon was taken out by the Falcon 9 booster rocket to the American private company SpaceX. It used the first stage, which was already used in one of the previous starts. The rocket started from Cape Canaveral. The weight of payload on a space truck is 2 tons 630 kilograms.
Now the watch on the ISS is borne by Americans Andrew Foistel, Richard Arnold, Scott Tingle, Japanese Norisige Kanai and Russians Oleg Artemyev and Anton Shkaplerov.