SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station this morning, where it was neatly snagged by the station’s 17-metre-long robotic arm.
Here’s a clip of the capsule right after it was captured at the ISS by NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins:
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Now that Dragon has arrived, the next step will be to dock it to the ISS so that the crew can get to the more than two tonnes of gear stashed in the capsule’s cargo hold. Highlights of that gear include the space station’s first DNA sequencer, which Rubins will use to attempt to sequence DNA in space for the first tim e— and also hopefully figure out what the weird, unidentified mold growing on the ISS walls could be.
Dragon also has something else unusual onboard: a new standardised docking adapter to fit future commercial spacecraft from SpaceX, Boeing, and perhaps additional companies shuttling astronauts to the station. The new adapter is the first of two that will fitted to the ISS.