SpaceX’s Dragon Spacecraft Arrives at ISS for 16th Cargo Delivery Mission

SpaceX‘s Dragon spacecraft reached the International Space Station on Saturday to deliver approximately over 5.6K pounds of crew supplies and research payloads.

The spacecraft launched from Florida via SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, Dec. 5, as part of its 16th Commercial Resupply Services mission with NASA, the agency said Saturday.

Dragon is set to return to Earth in January with over 4K pounds of supplies, research and hardware.

Aboard the spacecraft is the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation that aims to perform laser-ranging evaluation of the Earth’s topography and SlingShot, a small system designed to deploy up to 18 CubeSats once Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft leaves the orbiting laboratory.

Dragon also carried the Robot Refueling Mission-3 and the Growth of Large, Perfect Protein Crystals for Neutron Crystallography experiment.

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