SpaceX Launches Another Used Falcon 9 Rocket to International Space Station

SpaceX Launches Another Used Falcon 9 Rocket to International Space Station

The Dragon supply ship mounted on top of the Falcon 9 rocket carried 5,836 pounds (2,647 kilograms) of food, supplies and experiments to the space station and its six-person crew. The first flight with a refurbished rocket and cargo craft, CRS-13 - which launched on December 15, 2017 - was SpaceX's most recent cargo mission to the ISS.

SpaceX's first such double-recycle resupply mission for NASA flew to the orbiting outpost in December 2017.

"What's really great about it is that it's becoming the norm", Jessica Jensen said.

SpaceX has launched another bunch of satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket created to beam high-speed Internet signals down to Earth.

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The rocket - which is using a SpaceX capsule called "Dragon" to hold the cargo - lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. ET. "And that way, our engineers can collect additional data, not only during reentry but during landing that will be useful for the future".

SpaceX will not attempt to recover Falcon 9's first stage after launch.

Science experiments being hurled toward the station include new ways of looking at severe thunderstorms; seven new containers to grow plants that could one day feed astronauts en route to deep space; and studying pathogens through the use of fruit flies, to name a few of the more than 50 experiments that will be impacted by CRS-14. Kanai and Tingle will capture the Dragon at approximately 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Wednesday, if all goes according to plan. A variant of the Dragon spacecraft, called Crew Dragon, is being developed for US - based crew transport to and from the space station. The degree of this impact, and bone marrow's capacity to recoup when back on Earth, is important to space scientists and medicinal services suppliers alike. It takes about 30 minutes for Dragon to reenter the Earth's atmosphere and splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California. The experiment, called the Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (Veggie PONDS), will test a machine that gives nutrients to lettuce and mizuna greens for harvest and consumption in orbit.

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