1. What happened?
On December 15, SpaceX's Falcon 9 successfully launched a cargo on the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).This launch is the first use of a previously-flown first stage for a NASA mission. The launch happened at 10:36 a.m. EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, sending the company's robotic Dragon capsule on a resupply run to the ISS.
2. The Cargo
The capsule was filled with gear and scientific tools. The new gear includes a wired one-square-meter shield that will be mounted on the exterior and it will offer real-time analysis of the potential damage caused small space debrief. Another new component will assess if it’s possible to make better optical fibers in micro-gravity for fiber optic products. Surprisingly, a third experiment will explore the possibility of brewing beer up in space. Budweiser sent 20 barley seeds to the ISS to learn if the seeds grow at the same rate in space than they do on Earth.
3. An Update
Space X made it official on Sunday (December 17, 2017) by tweeting that the capsule had officially arrived at the ISS. One last item that wasn't taken by the Dragon is a digital file of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Disney will uplink the film to the ISS through mission control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Below you can watch as the SpaceX's CRS-13: Dragon berths to the ISS.