Dragon capsule delivers a floating robot and ‘Mighty Mice’ to ISS

SpaceX's Dragon Successfully Docks With ISS For the 19th Time

SpaceX's Dragon Successfully Docks With ISS For the 19th Time

A high-tech toolbox used for external maintenance of the International Space station was sent up as well.

The Russian cargo spacecraft Progress MS-13 has successfully docked with the Pirs module of the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos said Monday.

Dragon was loaded with 5,700 pounds of cargo when it arrived at the orbiting space hub.

A 3rd cargo ship, a U.S. Cygnus spacecraft constructed by Northrop Grumman, can also be docked on the space station (it arrived in early November), in addition to two totally different Soyuz crew capsules for the six Expedition 61 crew members to make use of once they go away the International Space Station for the return to Earth.

Dragon is also carrying 40 intrepid mice as part of the "Mighty Mice in Space" experiment to study the effects of muscle and bone loss caused by prolonged exposure to weightlessness.

The main attraction of this transport on the ISS is undoubtedly CIMON 2 (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion 2), a spherical droid equipped with microphones, video cameras, and a series of programs that allow you to recognize emotions.

The most interesting new experiment aboard the ISS, however, is the capsule's robot head, which is programmed with artificial intelligence.

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NASA astronaut David Wolf was the first American to vote in distance while to the Russian Mir Space Station at a 1997 local election, in accordance with NPR.

There are two leak-hunting robots on the space station.

Sunday's docking marks SpaceX's 19th cargo flight to the space station.

Italy's Luca Parmitano, the station commander, used a big robotic arm to grab onto the Dragon three days after it is launch from Cape Canaveral.

All but one of SpaceX's resupply missions so far have gone smoothly: a SpaceX Falcon rocket exploded on the seventh such mission, in 2015. The company's next mission, CRS-20, will do the same.

It will test technologies that may prove crucial to future missions in far-off space, where long-term isolation and communication gaps with Earth pose a risk to the astronauts' mental health.

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