Among the experiments included in the 5,500-pound cargo load, which launched May 4 and arrived at the ISS on May 6, are four "Tissue Chips in Space" investigations.
Crew members on the International Space Station caught and installed SpaceX's Dragon cargo Monday morning.
"To all the teams around the world, we welcome to the ISS the Dragon spacecraft", Saint-Jacques replied. "The cultivation of microalgae for food, and as part of a life support system to generate oxygen and consume carbon dioxide, could be helpful in future long-duration exploration missions, as it could reduce the amount of consumables required from Earth", NASA said in an online post detailing the project. The cause of the mishap is still being investigated, though the company is determined to press ahead with developing the capsule that's expected to one day ferry astronauts between Earth and the ISS.
A Falcon rocket raced into the pre-dawn darkness on Saturday, carrying a Dragon capsule with about 2,500 kilograms of goods.
This time, the cargo craft blasted off from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (the state of Florida) with the help of a Falcon-9 launch vehicle. The spacecraft has a small space station emblem on its side indicating its previews flight in 2017. This is SpaceX 17th shipment mission to the station, the first one happening in the year 2012, with Northrop Grumman being NASA's other rocket and its cargo ship named Cygnus. It's the only cargo ship capable of coming back intact. SpaceX's spacecraft is one of six spaceships now docked with the ISS, joining Russia's Progress 71 and 72 resupply ships, the Soyuz MS-11 and MS-12 crew ships, and the Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter. This experiment station, NASA previously explained, enables researchers on the ground to control studies on the ISS "as if they were in space themselves", opening the doors to a new type of communication between the two destinations.