Russian cargo ship successfully docks with ISS

The Dragon was captured by astronauts equipped with a robotic arm.

The Russian cargo ship joined the space station as the two craft sailed over the Yellow Sea, east of Shanghai, at an altitude of 260 miles.

The Dragon was launched from Cape Canaveral three days earlier.

"Every time we welcome a brand new vehicle on board, we take on board additionally a little bit of the soul of everyone that contributed to the undertaking, so welcome on board", Parmitano informed Mission Control. "So, welcome on board".

Dragon is also carrying 40 intrepid mice as part of the "Mighty Mice in Space" experiment to study the effects of muscle and bone loss caused by prolonged exposure to weightlessness.

Other than helping researchers to see how they may have the option to avoid muscle and bone misfortune in space travelers during space flight, the exploration will likewise help upgrade our comprehension of muscle degeneration in people on Earth, a procedure that influences the older as well as the individuals who wind up out of commission through a muscle-squandering sickness or other condition.

Budweiser, the American beer company, also sent up an experiment that tests how barley seeds grow in space. It's actually the fourth space experiment by Budweiser parent Anheuser-Busch to the space station. 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. Named Cimon, it is an improved model of what flew up past year to be examined as an astronaut's helper.

NASA has tucked some Christmas presents within the shipment for the station's six-particular person crew, as effectively. The payload transported on ISS is SpaceX's 19th delivery to the orbiting outpost for NASA over the past seven years. The specific Dragon capsule used for the mission has been used twice before, first in September 2014 and the second in July 2017. The capsule is expected to return to Earth on January 6, 2020, where it will carry around 1.8 tons of scientific samples and gear and equipment. Russian Federation is sending up another pod, Progress 74, from Kazakhstan on Monday, Dec. 9.