Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Space Station Captures a Dragon Capsule
Posted on 06/02/2014 1:14:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: The space station has caught a dragon. Specifically, in mid-April, the International Space Station captured the unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule sent to resupply the orbiting outpost. Pictured above, the station's Canadarm2 had just grabbed the commercial spaceship. The Dragon capsule was filled with over 5000 lbs (2260 kilos) of supplies and experiments to be used by the current band of six ISS astronauts that compose Expedition 39, as well as the six astronauts that compose Expedition 40. After docking with the ISS, the Dragon capsule was unloaded and eventually released, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on May 18. The current Expedition 40 crew, now complete, will apply themselves to many tasks including the deployment of the Napor-mini RSA experiment which will use phased array radar and a small optical telescope to monitor possible emergency situations on the Earth below.
(Excerpt) Read more at 18.104.22.168 ...
[Credit: Steve Swanson, Expedition 39 Crew, NASA]
Private space industry is moving forward rapidly.
2-1/2 tons of supplies and experiments! Wow!
Cool picture, too.
The Dragon Capsule must have wafted to splash down like a feather after disgorging all that weight.
“How to Entrain Your Dragon”
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.