SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station early Sunday morning, NASA said. The capture mission was done at approximately 5:05 a.m EST, when the ISS was 262 miles above the South Pacific Ocean.
"Whenever we welcome a new vehicle on board, we take on board also a little bit of the soul of everybody that contributed to the project, so welcome on board", said the Italian astronaut Luca, according to the CNBC report. "So, welcome on board".
5 was carrying over 5,700 pounds of NASA cargo, including 40 mice for a muscle and bone experiment.More news: China lodges solemn representations over Canadian FM's irresponsible statement: embassy
There also are 120,000 roundworms, or nematodes of a beneficial variety that are part of an agricultural study aimed at controlling pests here on Earth. They're expected to reproduce up to 3 million times, after which they will be frozen and sent back to earth.
Other experiments on Dragon include a beer experiment from Budweiser to test how barley seeds can grow in space. This is the fourth experiment sent by the parent company Anheuser-Busch to the station.
Progress 74 is the second spacecraft to arrive at the space station in as many days. Created to help astronauts perform scientific experiments, the robot, which communicates in English, is also ready to provide assistance in the case of group conformism, a behavioral phenomenon in which people can be determined to make irrational decisions.More news: Vanna White hosts ‘Wheel of Fortune’ for 1st time in show history
And since it's the holidays, NASA has added some Christmas presents for all the crew aboard. In addition to the resupply mission to the ISS this week, SpaceX will support the launch of 60 more Starlink satellites and the launch of the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite for customers SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and Kacific Broadband Satellites of Singapore. (816 kg) of scientific samples and gear to Earth when it returns.
However, this isn't the last shipment of the year. The cargo ship launched to the station Friday (6 Des) on a Soyuz rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The January 4 launch date falls just short of SpaceX's December goal for the IFA, however, SpaceX will be busy through the end of this year, with two more missions to end 2019.More news: RIP Holden Commodore: Iconic Aussie vehicle to be retired