An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS), carrying a variety of scientific experiments and supplies for the crew. The Dragon craft was launched on Thursday, July 14, at 8:44 p.m. ET from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying 5,800 pounds of cargo.
The Dragon traveled from Thursday night through Friday and arrived to dock at the Harmony module on the ISS on Saturday morning at 11:21 a.m. ET. The automated docking procedure was overseen by two current members of the ISS crew, NASA’s Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins.
There were some especially stunning views of the Dragon craft approaching the ISS during orbital sunrise, which is when the sun can be seen rising over the curvature of the Earth from space. Because of the way the ISS orbits, the crew members there see an average of 16 orbital sunrises and sunsets per 24 hours period.
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