SpaceX might have captured the news cycle this weekend by successfully landing its rocket on a barge, but it also successfully completed its primary mission: berthing the Dragon Capsule to the International Space Station (ISS), at just before 3pm yesterday afternoon over Algeria.
The Dragon capsule is loaded down with new supplies for the crew aboard the station, as well as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a new vegetable garden, (which will allow them to grow cabbage), as well as lots of medical experiments.
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) April 10, 2016
While SpaceX’s successes on Friday are certainly excellent steps forward, the resupply missions are equally as important, given that last time, the CRS-7 mission exploded. Reliably getting the gear and supplies to the station is a milestone in and of itself. [International Space Station]