SpaceX - Falcon 9/Dragon CRS-6 Mission patch.
April 17, 2015
Image above: The SpaceX Dragon space freighter is in the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Credit: NASA TV.
While the International Space Station was traveling 257 statue miles over the Pacific Ocean just east of Japan, Expedition 43 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency, with the assistance of Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft with the station’s robotic arm at 6:55 a.m. EDT.
Dragon arrival at the Space Station and Robotic Arm Capture
Video above: SpaceX Dragon Commercial Cargo Ship Arrives at the International Space Station. Video Credit: NASA TV.
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:29 a.m. EDT. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is scheduled to be opened Saturday.
The spacecraft is loaded with more than 4,300 pounds of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations, including critical materials to support about 40 of more than 250 science and research investigations during the station's Expeditions 43 and 44.
For more information about the International Space Station (ISS), visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
For more information about SpaceX and Falcon 9 reusable rocket, visit: http://www.spacex.com/
Image (mentioned), Video (mentioned), Text, Credit: NASA.