Dragon Attached to Station for Month of Cargo Transfers

Dec. 17, 2017: International Space Station Configuration
Dec. 17, 2017: International Space Station Configuration. Four spaceships are parked at the space station including the SpaceX Dragon space freighter, the Progress 67 and 68 resupply ships and the Soyuz MS-06 crew ship.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 8:26 a.m. EST.

The 13th contracted commercial resupply mission from SpaceX (CRS-13) delivered more than 4,800 pounds of supplies and payloads to the station. Among the research materials flying inside Dragon’s pressurized area, one investigation will demonstrate the benefits of manufacturing fiber optic filaments in a microgravity environment. Designed by the company Made in Space, and sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the investigation will attempt to pull fiber optic wire from ZBLAN, a heavy metal fluoride glass commonly used to make fiber optic glass. Results from this investigation could lead to the production of higher-quality fiber optic products for use in space and on Earth.

Dragon is scheduled to depart the station in January 2018 and return to Earth with more than 3,600 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies.

Expedition 54-55 Flight Engineers Scott Tingle of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are on their way to the space station after a launch earlier today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:21 a.m. EST Sunday, Dec. 17 (1:21 p.m. Baikonur time). The trio will orbit the Earth for approximately two days before docking to the space station’s Rassvet module, at 3:43 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19. NASA TV coverage of the docking will begin at 3 a.m. Tuesday.

For more information about the mission, visit: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/.

6 thoughts on “Dragon Attached to Station for Month of Cargo Transfers”

  1. Bonsoir, je vous souhaite à tous une excellente mission , beaucoup de volonté et de courage. Que le produit de vos recherches ainsi que celles de
    autres missions puisse apporter un plus pour l’humanité.
    Je suis personellement très fier de votre travail.
    Puisse la NASA faire plus de publicité sur les résultats de ces recherches.
    Je vous souhaite à tous dès à présent de très bonnes fêtes de fin d’années
    ainsi bien-sûr qu’à votre famille. Xavier MICHEL

  2. I’m almost finished reading Scott Kelley’s book, “Endurance” and it is great to be able to follow the result missions and to recognize some of the names.

    Happy Holidays to all of you on the ISS!

  3. nice space art how’d you all get tetris up into space and transform it to , tht is just great , have your frosted flakes on me dawnarie

  4. JUST WANTED TO WISH THE ASTRONAUTS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM BRADENTON ANNA MARIA ISLAND FLORIDA THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK NEW PROSPERITY HAPPINESS AND HEALTH BE WITH ALL OF YOU SAFE TRIP HOME WE WATCH YOU GO ACROSS OUR SKIES EACH AND EVERY NIGHT I DON’T MISS IT WHO’S WONDER WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GO THAT FAST IT’S RIGHT OVER TAMPA BAY SIMPLY AMAZING GOOD LUCK GOD BLESS THANK YOU

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