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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Watch: Rocket carrying Emirati teen's experiment arrives at International Space Station

After a two-day journey, the Dragon capsule carrying Alia Al Mansoori's winning Genes in Space experiment will dock with the help of the ISS's robotic arm.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket capsule approaches the International Space Station on August 16.  Nasa / YouTube screengrab
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket capsule approaches the International Space Station on August 16. Nasa / YouTube screengrab

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Alia Al Mansoori's winning Genes in Space experiment docks at the International Space Station today.

The action starts in the live stream below at 1.30pm (UAE time) when the spacecraft makes its rendezvous with the ISS.

With help of the station's robotic arm, the installation of the capsule will be completed at about 4.30pm. Join us here.

The last few days have been a whirlwind for 15-year-old Alia, who travelled to the Kennedy Space Station in Florida to witness the launch on Monday.

The liftoff of what Nasa calls CRS12, took place at 12.31pm US time as the nine Merlin engines on the rocket ignited simultaneously with 1.7 million pounds of thrust.

After a two-day journey, the Dragon capsule is expected to dock with the help of the station's robotic arm.

After unloading, one of two American astronauts are expected to perform Alia’s experiment using samples developed by the pupil with help from Harvard University and carried out on a machine called a miniPCR, which can replicate genetic material and test it under a number of conditions.

At a date still to be confirmed it will then be returned to Earth on a Dragon where it will be evaluated by the Emirati pupil at Al Mawakeb School, and the Harvard team.

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