WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

SpaceX Cargo Capsule Arrives At Station After Successful Cape Canaveral Launch

SpaceX's cargo Dragon capsule arrives at the station for its third visit. Photo: NASA

On the International Space Station, astronauts can being unpacking more than 5,000 pounds of newly delivered supplies. A capsule packed with cargo arrived Saturday after launching from Cape Canaveral two days ago.

The capsule arrived Saturday morning. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch captured the vehicle using the station’s robotic arm. Ground crews at NASA mission control in Houston took over the operation and remotely controlled the arm to attach SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon capsule to the station’s Harmony module.

The supplies include clothing, food and new science experiments including a 3D printer designed to print nerve cells, muscle cells and proteins in microgravity. Another experiment is on how moss can help support astronauts living long-term on the moon or Mars.

Packed in the trunk of the cargo vehicle is a new docking adapter. The International Docking Adapter (IDE-3) will support new space vehicles docking at the station. A previously installed port, IDE-2, was used to dock a test version of SpaceX’s crew capsule back in March.

SpaceX launched the supplies under NASA’s commercial cargo partnership. It’s the company’s 18th mission to the station. The space agency pays private companies to deliver supplies to the orbiting outpost. Soon, SpaceX, along with Boeing, will launch astronauts to the International Space Station from Florida’s Space Coast.

This is the Dragon capsule’s third mission to the station. It will remain there for about a month before heading back to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

Sign Up For 90.7 WMFE's Newsletter

Catch up on the latest Central Florida news and get updates on programs, events and more.


WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »