Thursday , January 28 2021

Space Space Spacecraft arrives at the space station

The SpaceX delivery, full of Christmas awards, arrived on Saturday at the International Space Station after a little delay caused by a bust out of communication.

The dragon capsule was pulled into the orbital lab three days after it was released from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst uses the large robotic arm of the space station to take the cargo, as the two ships fired 250 miles across the Pacific Ocean.

It takes two attempts to get the Dragon closer to capture.

NASA has rejected the Dragon's first approach due to problems with the communications network serving the space station. The failure of New Mexico's equipment for NASA's satellite tracking and data transmission system has resulted in temporary loss of communication with the station. For safety, the Control Mission ordered the Dragon to back up.

It was two – just an hour and a half later – after NASA switched to another TDRS companion.

The dragon has everything the station's astronauts need for a Christmas dinner, as well as mice and worms for scientific experiments, and more than 5000 pounds (2,270 kilograms) of stations.

Holiday food includes smoked turkey, green beans, candied sweets, cranberry sauce and fruit cake. There are also biscuits for sweets and oil sweets, with clothing for clothing.

Three residents of the space station will be on board for Christmas; the other three will return to Earth on December 20th. Until then, the station is home to Gerst, who is German, two Americans, two Russians and one Canadian – David Saint Jacques.

This is the second space station visit for this recycled Dragon; there was last year.

SpaceX has made NASA shipments since 2012. This is the 16th contract delivery.

Two other shipping ships are attached to the space station: one Russian, the other is shipped from another NASA merchant ship – Northrop Grumman.

Source link