This morning the SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle that launched on Friday from Cape Canaveral caught up with the International Space Station (ISS) and was captured by a robotic arm under the control of NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba. They carefully brought the Dragon up to the Harmony module and attached it. This video shows highlights of the rendezvous, capture, and berthing:

The Dragon is carrying 4800 pounds (2177 kg) of science/technology experiments and equipment plus supplies for the crew and station maintenance: NASA Sends New Research to Space Station Aboard Resupply Mission | NASA

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Also today, a Russian Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with three new crew members for the Station: Three New Crew Members on Voyage to International Space Station | NASA

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA’s Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is scheduled to dock to the space station’s Rassvet module at 3:43 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Coverage of docking will begin at 3 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website, followed at 5 a.m. by coverage of the opening of hatches between the spacecraft and station.

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And here is the latest episode of NASA’s weekly Space to Ground report on activities related to the ISS:

 

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