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SpaceX Dragon delivers cargo (and christmas treats) to the space station

A spacecraft cargo ship made a special delivery at the International Space Station on Saturday (December 8) just in time…

A spacecraft cargo ship made a special delivery at the International Space Station on Saturday (December 8) just in time for the holiday. And yes, Virginia, there are Christmas cookies on board.

The robot’s Dragon Spacecraft arrived at the Space Station Saturday morning to deliver more than 5,600 kg (2,540 kg) of fresh accessories to the Six Expedition 57 astronauts at the groundbreaking lab. SpaceX launched Dragon Ship on Wednesday, December 5, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday, December 5th.

Stationer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency captured the Dragon Capsule with a 7:00 PM EST (1

221 GMT) robbery because both spacecraft sailed 249 miles across the Pacific, just north of Papua New Guinea. Gerst and his crew are likely to look forward to the supplies packed on the spacecraft.

“On this resupply craft they also have some special things like candy yams, green bean pot and even some Christmas cookies, said NASA spokesman Leah Cheshier under vivid comment.

A spacecraft cargo vessel arrives at the International Space Station on December 8, 2018 to deliver 5,600 pounds deliveries to Outpost Expedition 57

Credit: NASA TV

The spacecraft also carries a trophy of science equipment for 250 experiments, including a robotic in-space refueling demonstration, a powerful GEDI laser for study the forests of the earth and a new SlingShot device designed to start up to 18 cubes from a Cygnus freight you already at the station. A team of space travel mice and 36,000 worms are also on the way to the spacecraft.

The arrival of Dragon was briefly delayed due to a communication gap between NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) and a landing station in White Sands, New Mexico. A processor at the TDRS East satellite station failed, which forces NASA to switch to another TDRS satellite to restore communication with the space station.

This NASA graphic shows the location of all six cars docked at the International Space Station on December 8, 2018. The vehicles include a private SpaceX Dragon on its second trip to the station, a Northrop Grumman Antares freight carrier, two Russian Soyuz spacecraft and two Russian unlimited Progress-loads ships.

Credit: NASA

Dragon had to return to a safe stationary position 30 meters from the station and then make a new one hour setting than planned. Flight controllers at NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston then took the remote control on the station’s arm to attach Dragon to its dock on the Harmony module circuit.

Today’s space mission zvous marks Space Space’s 16th space delivery mission for NASA. The dragon on this flight, called CRS-16, has actually visited the space station earlier. It delivered deliveries to the February 2017 station as part of NASA’s CRS-10 mission.

Dragon will be the sixth spacecraft that connects with the space station in recent months. The arrival follows a Russian Soyuz crew cabin, which arrived last week with three new crew members and the cargo ship Northrop Grumman Cygnus in November. Another Soyuz crew and two troubled Russian Progress carriers are docked at the station.

“We congratulate the entire ISS team to handle six individual spaceships, which are docked to the International Space Station as of today,” said Gerst. “This shows what a successful science and exploration program we have here utilizes the only Mikrogravity observatory that humanity has available for the benefit of all people on earth.”

SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will spend about four weeks at the space station before returning to the ground, according to company representatives. In January, spacecraft will be filled with approximately 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg) experimental results and other gear and released into space. It will be poured into the Pacific Ocean to be picked up by a SpaceX recovery vessel.

Email Tariq Malik at [email protected] or follow him @tariqjmalik . Follow us @Spacedotcom and Facebook . Originally published on Space.com .

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