As the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft headed towards the International Space Station (ISS), it was seen flying into orbital during the daytime on Saturday. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), SpaceX Dragon has become the fifth spacecraft that is docked at the space station.
Sharing the mesmerizing footage on Twitter, the NASA handle wrote: “The SpaceX cargo Dragon flies into orbital daytime as it continues an approach to the Space Station for docking this morning.”
“It was a great approach and was awesome watching it come on in, and we’re glad it’s here,” NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough told flight controllers after docking, as per science.com. “Looking forward to all the science and other goodies that it brought up along with our EVA solar arrays. It’s going to be a great few weeks as we get into Dragon and get things out.”
Take a look here:
— NASA (@NASA) June 5, 2021
According to a blog post by NASA, the Dragon capsule was loaded with 7,300 pounds of science experiments, new solar arrays, and other cargo.
The spacecraft launched at 1:29 pm Eastern Day Time(EDT) on June 3 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and automatically docked at the space station’s Harmony module, at around 5 am, June 5.
Take a look at some of the reactions here:
I know you guys do this all the time but for the regular person this is just surreal watching this
— Lisa Cole (@angwingsandhalo) June 5, 2021
See that looks like one of the unidentified objects people film at night in the desert.
— Shirlene M.G. (@RJJudithsaunt) June 5, 2021
So cool that you can see the plumes from the control system
— Brandon Doyle (@bjd2385) June 6, 2021
Are those thrusters I see making orbital corrections?
— David Thomas (@1magicdave) June 6, 2021
Wow. Amazing footage
— Anis A. M. (@didikuka) June 5, 2021
Relativity is wild
— Billy Snider (@billy_sniderUH) June 5, 2021
I could watch this stuff all night and day.
— scott young (@scottyo48533721) June 5, 2021
The 22nd contracted resupply mission for SpaceX also delivered new ISS Roll-out Solar Arrays (iROSA) to the space station, which the astronauts will install during the spacewalks planned for June 16 and 20.
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