Station Crew Unload Dragon
This view of European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers, Expedition 31 flight engineer, is among the first set of imagery from the crew showing the freshly opened SpaceX Dragon spacecraft. Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Kuipers and Don Pettit, a NASA astronaut, grappled Dragon at 9:56 a.m. EDT on May 25 with the Canadarm2 robotic arm and used it to berth Dragon to the Earth-facing side of the station’s Harmony node at 12:02 p.m. May 25, 2012. Dragon became the first commercially developed space vehicle to be launched to the station to join Russian, European and Japanese resupply craft that service the complex while restoring a U.S. capability to deliver cargo to the orbital laboratory. Dragon is scheduled to spend about a week docked with the station before returning to Earth on May 31 for retrieval.
Image Credit: NASA