Space Station Crew Opens Dragon for Business

By  //  January 14, 2015

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attached Monday to Harmony module

ABOVE VIDEO: Two days after its launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, the unpiloted U.S. SpaceX Dragon cargo craft arrived at the International Space Station Jan. 12 with more than two tons of supplies and science experiments for the Expedition 42 crew.

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The station crew grappled the Dragon supply ship with the station’s robotic arm and ground controllers at Mission Control, Houston maneuvered Dragon to the Earth-facing port of the station’s Harmony module, where it was installed and bolted into place for a month-long stay.

NASA.gov – The hatches to Dragon were opened for business Tuesday morning at 3:23 a.m. and the crew began unpacking critical gear that will support 256 science experiments.

The SpaceX commercial cargo craft was attached Monday to the Harmony module at 8:54 a.m.

One experiment observes microorganisms as a model for humans so scientists can understand changes in a crew member’s immune system and the risk of infectious disease in space.

One experiment that was immediately set up by Flight Engineer Terry Virts was the Micro-5 study.

That experiment observes microorganisms as a model for humans so scientists can understand changes in a crew member’s immune system and the risk of infectious disease in space.


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