CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station.
The Dragon capsule arrived at the orbiting outpost Sunday, delivering “mighty mice,” pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot. Station commander Luca Parmitano used a large robot arm to capture the Dragon on Sunday.
Launched Thursday from Florida, the capsule holds 3 tons of supplies, including extra brawny mice dubbed “mighty mice” for a muscle experiment.
There are also 120,000 roundworms, or nematodes of a beneficial variety that are part of an agricultural experiment.
Plus there is a large, round robot head with artificial intelligence and Christmas presents.
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Barley seeds used to brew beer also were inside the Dragon capsule and delivered. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Anheuser-Busch wants to learn how to brew beer in space so it can -- one day -- do so on Mars' surface.
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