The second SpaceX Dragon has been launched with cargo on 6th December. The official Twitter account of SpaceX informed everyone that there have been improvements in Dragon 2 with its ability to carry scientific payloads up to 50%. It also would have the ability to dock automatically.
“The cargo supplies include crushed asteroids for biomining studies, microbes for experimentation, plenty of Christmas treats for the astronauts,” as reported by Dnaindia.
A league of 40 rats is also being sent to determine the extent of damage caused to the eyes and bones of astronauts due to their extended stays in space.
The scrumptious Christmas treats being sent to them are reusable five times so they won’t be running out till New Year’s Eve. The coronavirus treatment drug would also be sent. The asteroids would be used to discover any earth metals present within the surface.
SpaceX has already made 22 successful launches to the International Space Station and this one was also a smooth win. SpaceX states the Dragon to be the first spacecraft that can take passengers up to the number seven to Space and back. It also is able to retrieve a significant amount of cargo back to Earth. Sarah Walker stated how this was the very first time two dragons would be present at the International Space Station.
By the end of 2021, both are destined to fall into the Atlantic Ocean.