Christmas dinner is on its way to the International Space Station
08 December, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Harriet Bell
Two days after launching a rocket carrying 64 satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Hawthorne-based SpaceX will attempt Wednesday to launch a resupply mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
After separating from the second stage, and firing its engines to return to Earth, a video camera on board showed the first stage spinning.
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"Public safety was well protected here", he told reporters. Six spacecraft is the maximum the space station has held, according to NASA spokesperson Dan Huot. The crew-carrying version of Dragon is schedule to fly a test mission next month, and if all goes well, will carry astronauts to the station later in the year in what would be the first crewed flight from US soil since the space shuttles retired in 2011.
Besides smoked turkey breast and all the other fixings for Christmas dinner, the delivery includes 40 mice and 36,000 worms for aging and muscle studies, respectively. Besides, a study also shows that the muscles in worms are the same in function and structure to human muscles thus making them the flawless subject to carry out a study, said researcher Timothy Etheridge.
The Falcon 9 rocket launch was scheduled for Tuesday, but the night before liftoff NASA announced technicians found mold on food bars for the space station rodent investigation. More food had to be rushed in from California.
Watch on NASA TV below, or at NASA's website, or via SpaceX's own webcast. The mission also marks SpaceX's 20th launch of the year.
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