Orbital View: How to Train Your Dragon

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

That hunk of metal is Dragon, a SpaceX capsule that reached the International Space Station on Friday, carrying 7,000 pounds of supplies, spacewalk gear, and science experiments. Below, the Palm Islands of Dubai look like tiny trilobite fossils.

NASA’s Tim Peake captured Dragon by operating the Canadarm2 robotic arm from inside the orbital station. I wonder if Peake is any good at claw cranes?

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