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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The ISS set a record for number of docked spacecraft

To the International space station (ISS) has successfully docked commercial SpaceX cargo ship Dragon. On Sunday, April 10, according to NASA.

“While the international space station moved over the Pacific ocean West of Hawaii, astronaut Tim Peak from the European space Agency with the help of Jeff Williams of NASA successfully docked a spacecraft with a robotic SpaceX Dragon complex stations Canadarm2”, — stated in the message. Dock made at 7:23 am et, that is 15:23 in Moscow.

On the docked ship is more than three tons of cargo, says NASA.

Thus, for the first time to the space station and were joined by two commercial cargo ship at the same time: a little over two weeks ago on a private station arrived device Cygnus.

“With the arrival of the Dragon capsule space station went on the record for the number of simultaneously docked aircraft,” writes NASA. It is clarified that on the ISS a total of six space vehicles.

In particular, at the end of March it was reported that it docked with the ISS manned spacecraft “Soyuz TMA-20M”. The expedition will spend in space 173 days and organizes more than 40 scientific experiments. The crew plans to work with both Russian and American cargo ships, including the Dragon, Cygnus, “Progress M-M” and “Progress MC”.

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