SpaceX Delivers ‘Mighty Mice,’ Pest-Killing Worms and a Smart Robot to International Space Station

SpaceX made an early occasion conveyance to the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing muscle-bound “relentless mice,” bug killing worms and a savvy, compassionate robot.

The station leader, Italy’s Luca Parmitano, utilized a huge robot arm to take hold of the Dragon three days after its dispatch from Cape Canaveral. The two rocket took off 260 miles (420 kilometers) over the South Pacific at the hour of catch.

“At whatever point we respect another vehicle ready, we accept likewise a smidgen of the spirit of everyone that added to the venture, so welcome ready,” Parmitano disclosed to Mission Control.

It denotes the third visit for this reused Dragon. Flight controllers immediately tied down the container to the circling lab, preparing for the bring forth to open and the emptying to start.

The capsule holds 3 tons (2,720 kilograms) of provisions, including 40 mice for a muscle and bone analysis. Eight of them are hereditarily built with double the ordinary bulk — as are considered “compelling mice.”‘ There likewise are 120,000 roundworms, or nematodes of a gainful assortment that are a piece of a horticultural investigation planned for controlling bugs here on Earth.

The capsule also has a large, round robot head with artificial intelligence and the ability to sense astronauts’ emotions. Named Cimon, it’s an improved version of what flew up last year to be tested as an astronaut’s helper.

NASA has tucked some Christmas presents in the shipment for the station’s six-person crew, as well.

It’s SpaceX’s 19th delivery to the orbiting outpost for NASA over the past seven years.

The astronauts have another shipment coming Monday — this one launched by Russia from Kazakhstan on Friday.

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