Photos: Berthing A Second Dragon at the ISS




The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft makes its relative approach to the International Space Station prior to grapple by the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, controlled by Expedition 33 crew members. ISS033-E-011355 (10 Oct. 2012) - high res (0.5 M) low res (34 K)



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The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm. Working from the robotics workstation inside the seven-windowed Cupola, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 33 flight engineer, with the assistance of NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, commander, captured Dragon at 6:56 a.m. (EDT) and used the robotic arm to berth Dragon to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node Oct. 10, 2012. Dragon is scheduled to spend 18 days attached to the station. During that time, the crew will unload 882 pounds of crew supplies, science research and hardware from the cargo craft and reload it with 1,673 pounds of cargo for return to Earth. After Dragon's mission at the station is completed, the crew will use Canadarm2 to detach Dragon from Harmony and release it for a splashdown about six hours later in the Pacific Ocean, 250 miles off the coast of southern California. Dragon launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 8:35 p.m. Oct. 7 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning NASA's first contracted cargo delivery flight, designated SpaceX CRS-1, to the station. ISS033-E-011146 (10 Oct. 2012) - high res (3.7 M) low res (66 K)



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NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 33 commander; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, flight engineer, work the controls at the robotics workstation in the International Space Station's seven-windowed Cupola during the rendezvous and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft. Using the Canadarm2 robotic arm, Williams and Hoshide captured and berthed Dragon to the Earth-facing side of the Harmony node Oct. 10, 2012. ISS033-E-011279 (10 Oct. 2012) - high res (1.9 M) low res (101 K)

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