SpaceX's Dragon supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, delivering super muscular "mighty mice", worms and a smart, empathetic robot. December 8, 2019The cargo is also packed with Christmas presents for the station's 6-person crew, according to the Associated Press.'Mighty mice'One piece of the CRS-19 cargo was a cadre of 40 genetically enhanced "mighty mice" with two times the normal amount of muscle mass.
The global space station's commander, Italy's Luca Parmitano, operated the massive robotic arm to bring the Dragon on board, three days after its launch.
By 12:43 p.m. Dragon's solar arrays had deployed and was on its way to the International Space Station. The space craft was launched from Cape Canaveral, loaded with crew supplies, spacewalking and scientific experimentation equipment.More news: Tottenham’s stadium set to stage next Joshua fight
"Whenever we welcome a new vehicle on board, we also take a bit of the soul of everyone who contributed to the project on board, so welcome on board", Parmitano told Mission Control.
The Dragon held three tons worth of supplies and experiments.
The roundworms - parasites which can infest the human gut - are "of a beneficial variety" and are part of an agricultural study. The company has said it wants to be the first beer on Mars.More news: State Police: cruiser struck by Tesla 3 in "autopilot" mode
NASA is all set to add yet another feather to its cap after it announced that it will attach a "robot hotel" outside of the International Space Station (ISS). A high-tech toolbox used for external maintenance of the International Space station was sent up as well.
CIMON-2 is designed as an autonomous companion that can sense astronauts' emotions, interact with them, and help with tasks on the ISS.
The mission's Dragon capsule is on its third trip to the orbiting laboratory, Space.com noted.More news: China's trade with United States falls in November
The astronauts have one other cargo coming Monday - this one launched by Russian Federation from Kazakhstan on Friday.