SpaceX Photos: 3rd Dragon Cargo Mission Soars to Space Station

Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science


An artist's rendering shows the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS).

NASA’s Robonaut 2 Gets Newly Developed Legs


Robonaut 2 surpasses previous dexterous humanoid robots in strength, yet it is safe enough to work side-by-side with humans. This image shows NASA’s Robonaut 2 with newly developed climbing legs, designed to give the robot mobility in zero gravity. With legs, Robonaut 2 will be able to assist astronauts with both hands while keeping at least one leg anchored to the station structure at all times. Image released Nov. 13, 2013.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Landing Legs

Elon Musk/SpaceX

A look at the landing legs SpaceX is mounting on its Falcon 9 rocket for the company's next cargo mission to the International Space Station, which is slated to launch on March 16, 2014.

Landing Legs Mounted on Falcon 9

SpaceX (via Twitter as @SpaceX)

SpaceX tweeted this photo on Feb. 25, 2014, showing all four landing legs mounted on a Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX Dragon Arrives


This is one of an extensive series of still photos documenting the arrival and ultimate capture and berthing of the SpaceX Dragon at the International Space Station, as photographed by the Expedition 39 crew members onboard the orbital outpost. The spacecraft was captured by the space station and successfully berthed, following the April 20 arrival.

Advanced Plant Experiments on Orbit


This crew image shows samples from the Advanced Plant Experiments on Orbit - Transgenic Arabidopsis Gene Expression System (APEX-TAGES) study during Expedition 23, similar to the Characterizing Arabidopsis Root Attractions (CARA) investigation that will fly during SpaceX-3.

ARK1 Mission Patch CASIS Fairey


The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space's (CASIS) ARK1 mission patch as designed by street artist Shepard Fairey.

Falcon 9 in SpaceX’s Hangar at Cape Canaveral


SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket, equipped with landing legs, awaits launch in the private spaceflight company's hangar at Cape Canaveral, Fla. Image added March 11, 2014.

Crystals in a Microgravity Environment

Dr. Yoshihiro Urade, Osaka Bioscience Institute

Example of how crystals in a microgravity environment (b) can grow bigger and stronger than those grown on Earth (a). Six separate protein crystal growth studies are slated to launch on SpaceX-3 with the intent on creating a baseline for future experimentation in the research discipline.

Falcon 9 and Dragon Mated


Falcon 9 and Dragon are mated together. Image released March 11, 2014.

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