That's when Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will be pressed into duty, manning the Canadarm 2 to perform his first-ever "cosmic catch" manoeuvre, backed up by NASA astronaut Nick Hague.
After the attachment of Canadarm2, the spacecraft was slowly attached to a berth on the ISS by 9:32 a.m. EST so the astronauts could begin unloading the supplies. Speaking in both English and French, he congratulated ground teams for their help and said he's proud every time the station's 58-foot (18-meter) Canadian robot arm is used in orbit.
A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship making its second flight to the International Space Station was captured by the lab's robot arm early Monday, bringing some 5,500 pounds of equipment and supplies to the lab complex.
"That looked really, really cool in the night sky", said Hans Koenigsmann, a SpaceX vice president who left his launch control seat to run outside and watch.
The Canadian Space Agency says in a release the seeds will return to Earth a month later, along with blood and breath samples for a Canadian health probe into the impact of living in space on astronauts' bone marrow. They will be given to students whose mission will be to grow them as part of the Tomatosphere educational project.
Space exploration firm SpaceX has confirmed that its space rocket Crew Dragon that was supposed to make its maiden flight into space with human crew was burnt during a recent test flight.
The SpaceX Dragon CRS-17 cargo spacecraft was captured by the International Space Station. The spacecraft has a small space station emblem on its side indicating its previews flight in 2017.
The delivery was a few days late because of electrical power shortages that cropped up first at the space station, then at SpaceX's rocket-landing platform in the Atlantic.
The American capsule joined another American one, Northrop Grumman's Cygnus, and four Russian spacecraft - Progress 71, Progress 72, the Soyuz MS-11 and Soyuz MS-12 - in becoming the sixth now docked 257 miles above Earth.