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Robotic Arm Reaches Out and Grapples Dragon & dock at Station

SpaceX - CRS-12 Dragon Mission patch.

August 16, 2017

Image above: The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is pictured approaching the International Space Station on Wednesday morning. Image Credit: NASA TV.

While the International Space Station was traveling over the Pacific Ocean north of New Zealand, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured the Dragon spacecraft at 6:52 a.m. EDT using the station’s robotic arm. It then will be installed on the station’s Harmony module.

US Commercial Cargo Craft Arrives at the International Space Station

Dragon Installed to Station for Month of Cargo Swaps

Image above: Flying over South Australian coasts, SpaceX Dragon docked at Space Station, altitude: 415,70 Km / speed: 27'582 Km/h. Image captured (by Roland Berga from Aerospace) with EarthCam from ISS - International Space Station (via ISS HD Live application) on August 16, 2017 at 16:00 UTC. Image Credits: Mentioned.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 9:07 a.m. EDT. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the Harmony module of the space station is scheduled to be opened as soon as later today.

CRS-12 is scheduled to deliver more than 6,400 pounds of supplies and payloads to the station, including a sweet treat for the astronauts: ice cream. The small cups of chocolate, vanilla and birthday cake-flavored ice cream are arriving in freezers that will be reloaded with research samples for return to Earth when the Dragon spacecraft departs the station mid-September.

Image above: Four spaceships are parked at the space station including the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, the Progress 67 resupply ship and two Soyuz crew ships. Image Credit: NASA.

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Images (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia/ Aerospace/Roland Berga.

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