A SpaceX supply capsule has autonomously docked at the International Space Station carrying thousands of tiny ‘water bears’, toothpaste experiments and fresh lemons.

The unmanned mission is delivering research material such as oral bacteria and plaque-fighting toothpaste, and microscopic sea creatures affectionately known as ‘water bears’.

Experiments with the materials will take place within the station’s laboratory.

Alongside the experiments, food supplies including fresh lemons, avocados, and cheery tomatoes were delivered.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched the cargo pod into space on June 3 before the supply pod detached to continue its journey. The rocket then landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

This was SpaceX’s 22nd cargo mission to the International Space Station for Nasa, and the 120th Falcon 9 flight.

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