Science-laden cargo ship reaches space station

Three days after its launch, SpaceX’s robotic Dragon cargo capsule is now attached to the International Space Station. Astronauts used the station’s robotic arm to capture the spaceship at 3:54 a.m. PT today and pull it in for its berthing. Over the course of the next month, the crew will unload nearly three tons of supplies and science experiments — including a free-flying, AI-enabled robotic companion called CIMON, an apparatus for cultivating space algae and dozens of student experiments.

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