SpaceX resurrection mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has completed its goal. The Falcon 9 rocket sent to the space station had unusual cargo on board – dropped by muscular "powerful mice", pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot on Sunday.
The spacecraft reached the ISS three days after it launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. ISS used a large robot arm on the rocket, codenamed "Dragon."
"Every time we welcome a new vehicle on board, we also take on board a little bit of the soul of everyone who contributed to the project, so welcome on board," station manager Luca Parmitano told Mission Control on Sunday.
The spaceship managed to carry around 3 tons of supplies, which included genetically engineered mice with twice as much muscle mass as ordinary mice. These "powerful mice" as they are called, will be used in a muscle and bone experiment, aboard the ISS.
The mice were designed by scientists at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX-GM). [1
It also carried 120,000 roundworms, a beneficial type of worm whose ability to kill pests would be part of an agricultural study.
The most interesting cargo is a large, round robot head with an artificial intelligence named Cimon. It will act as an astronaut's helper. The spaceship has also provided high-resolution images, designed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. A brewery company has also sent their product samples to ISS to test how buildings behave in space.
NASA has also sent special Christmas presents to the ISS & # 39; six crew.
Another spacecraft is also set to reach ISS Monday, but it will be launched by Russia from Kazakhstan.