SpaceX Dragon capsule. This is SpaceX's second successful cargo mission to the ISS, and it was a VERY productive one. Want to know what work NASA is accomplishing on the ISS and how it benefits humanity? This capsule alone brought back investigations that could aid in food production during future long-duration space missions and also enhance crop production on Earth, plus ones that will help in the development of more efficient solar cells, detergents, and semiconductor-based electronics. In addition, Dragon also brought back several research samples that will help scientist continue to examine how the human body reacts to long-term spaceflight and will produce results that can benefit medical studies for us here on Earth.
And that's not even all for this week! We also had an Atlas 5 launch on Tuesday which made for an unprecedented fourth Atlas 5 launch in four months! The Atlas 5 was carrying a surveillance satellite into orbit for the Pentagon. It was a beautiful launch, you can see more pictures here.
One manned launch, one unmanned launch, and unmanned ISS supply mission landing! What an exciting week in space!