Mission Highlights: During the mission, Dragon must perform a series of complex tasks, each presenting significant technical challenges:
Day 1: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches a Dragon spacecraft into orbit from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Day 2: Dragon orbits Earth as it travels toward the International Space Station.
Day 3: Dragon’s sensors and flight systems are subjected to a series of complicated tests to determine if the vehicle is ready to berth with the space station; these tests include maneuvers and systems checks in which the vehicle comes within 1.5 miles of the station.
Day 4: NASA decides if Dragon is allowed to attempt berthing with the station. If so, Dragon approaches. It is captured by station’s robotic arm and attached to the station, a feat that requires extreme precision.
Day 4-10 : Astronauts open Dragon’s hatch, unload supplies and fill Dragon with return cargo.
Day 10: After approximately two weeks, Dragon is detached from the station and returns to Earth, landing in the Pacific, hundreds of miles west of Southern California.
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