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The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is grappled by the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. Working from the robotics workstation inside the seven-windowed Cupola, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 33 flight engineer, with the assistance of NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, commander, captured Dragon at 6:56 a.m. (EDT) and used the robotic arm to berth Dragon to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node Oct. 10, 2012. Dragon is scheduled to spend 18 days attached to the station. During that time, the crew will unload 882 pounds of crew supplies, science research and hardware from the cargo craft and reload it with 1,673 pounds of cargo for return to Earth. After Dragon’s mission at the station is completed, the crew will use Canadarm2 to detach Dragon from Harmony and release it for a splashdown about six hours later in the Pacific Ocean, 250 miles off the coast of southern California. Dragon launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 8:35 p.m. Oct. 7 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, beginning NASA's first contracted cargo delivery flight, designated SpaceX CRS-1, to the station.


Educators, Students

Grade Levels

Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12


Technology, Rocketry, Space Station


Educator Guides, Interactive Multimedia, Mobile Apps

The interactive app gives an overview of the complexities involved in getting to and conducting research aboard the International Space Station. The app is also challenging and fun! The Commercial Crew Program focuses on working with NASA’s two partners Boeing and SpaceX to create American commercial capabilities to safely send humans to and from the International Space Station.

The Ride to Station App Educator Guide equips educators with simple tools and knowledge to take a fun, interactive app and turn it into a powerful, educational tool for students of all ages!

Rocket Science: Ride to Station Educator Guide

You can play Ride to Station online, or download it for free in the app store.

Play Rocket Science: Ride to Station Online
Rocket Science: Ride to Station iOS App