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SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule reaches the space station for the third time



SpaceX's Robot Dragon Cargo Capsule reached the International Space Station today (July 27), completed a two-day orbit hunt and set a new record for SpaceX's reusable spacecraft.

The Dragon, which was fired by Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket on Thursday (July 25), was struck by the station's giant robotic arm at 9:11 am 1311 GMT) as both spacecrafts sailed 430 km across the coast of southern Chile in South America.

"We want to congratulate the world-wide team delivering a vehicle like this, it's nice to look it out the window," astronaut Nick Hague sparked at NASA Mission Control in Houston after he said Dragon had caught with the robotic arm of the station. "It's full of science, cargo, and things that keep us busy, so the mission continues."

See also: How SpaceX's Dragon Space Capsule works (infographic)

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NASA astronaut Nick Hague on the International Space Station conquered the cargo ship CRS-18 Dragon on 27 July 2019 with the station's robotic arm.

(Credit: NASA TV)

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  A previously flown Dragon cargo ship reaches the International Space Station m it's 5,000 pounds. on the CRS-18 mission for NASA on July 27, 2019.

A look at SpaceX's CRS-18 Dragon spacecraft as it approached the International Space Station on July 27, 2019.

(Picture credits: NASA) TV)

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  A previously flown Dragon cargo ship reaches the International Space Station at 5,000 pounds. on the CRS-18 mission for NASA on July 27, 2019.

The spacecraft CRS-18 Dragon of SpaceX flies over a dazzling one at rendezvous activities on July 27 from a camera on the International Space Station Earthcoast, 2019.

[Picture credits: NASA TV]

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  A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the cargo ship CRS-18 Dragon for NASA takes off from the Air Force Station Cape on July 25th Canaveral in Florida, 2019, to deliver to the International Space Station.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the CRS-18 Dragon cargo ship for NASA launches on July 25, 2019 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

[Photo credit: NASA / Tony Gray and Kenny Allen]

SpaceX's Most Inflated Dragon

This is the third record cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station (ISS) for this particular kite in April, also bringing freight to the station in 2015 and December 2017. The Falcon 9 was also flown over; The first stage of the rocket had a mission in its pocket before the start on Thursday.

Such reuse is the key to SpaceX's ambition to reduce space costs, enabling ambitious reconnaissance such as the settlement of Mars.

Dragon carries more than 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kilograms) Consumables and equipment up to the ISS on this trip, including 2,500 pounds. (1,135 kg) Science Equipment which allows dozens of experiments aboard the orbital laboratory.

Air traffic controllers on Earth will later attach Dragon to an open mooring on the space station by remotely controlling the robotic arm of the outpost. Astronauts will then be able to open the spaceship and unload their bounty.

Great Science on Board

One of these experiments looks at how microbes in a low-gravity environment interact with rocks and possibly pave the way for biomining in space "down the road." Another will try to human tissue another will study how microgravity affects the processes of healing and tissue regeneration fluids in weightlessness.ISS crewmembers will also play "slime-pong" and do other fun things with the stuff and activities

Dragon has also put together another International Docking Adapter (IDA) designed to connect a variety of spacecraft to the ISS, including the crew version by Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner capsule, which is expected to be available in the next J a lot of astronauts will be transporting.

The ISS already has an IDA launched by another dragon in 2016.

According to NASA officials, Dragon is supposed to be stuck with the ISS for about a month. It will then return to Earth to spray the Pacific Ocean and study a variety of scientific samples.

The current cargo mission is the 18th SpaceX flew under a contract with NASA.

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