SpaceX CRS-9 Dragon arrives at International Space Station
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station with it’s cargo of 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms) of supplies.
Scientists aboard the station captured the capsule using a robot arm, Canadarm2, at 5:56 a.m. CDT (10:56 GMT) some 250 miles (402 kilometers) above the Great Lakes.
“We’ve captured us a Dragon, congratulations to the entire team that put this thing together, launched it and successfully rendezvoused it to the International Space Station,” said Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams.
Mission Control replied, “This event is an important step on the journey of the International Space Station mission. Now let’s get this vehicle berthed so we can get to work.”
SpaceX launched its latest Dragon from Cape Canaveral on Monday.
The cargo included a space station docking port, needed for future rocket ships coming to the station. The port’s arrival at the ISS has been a long time coming – a year ago similar docking rings were destroyed in a SpaceX launch accident.