A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on April 8, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. Dragon will deliver approximately 3.5 tons of supplies and experiments to the Expedition 47 crew, the third spacecraft in as many weeks to provide supplies for the station. Among the items Dragon is bringing to the complex is the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, which will be attached to the rear port of the Tranquility module. It is scheduled to spend two years at the complex, testing the validity of expandable habitats for future deep space exploration.
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