SpaceX Delivers Genetically Engineered 'Mighty Mice,' Worms, Robot to International Space Station

09 Décembre, 2019, 10:07 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon

The 2 spacecraft soared 260 miles (420 kilometers) above the South Pacific on the time of seize.

As an extra treat for spectators, SpaceX aims to land the booster rocket back at Cape Canaveral following lift off.

It's been nearly nine years since NASA's astronauts traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) with an American-made vehicle.

SpaceX said that around five hours after leaving the International Space Station the spacecraft will engage in a deorbit burn that can last as long as ten minutes. In a statement Friday, NASA officials said the mission will now lift off no earlier than January 4 from Pad 39A of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, pending launch range approval from the U.S. Air Force.

"At any time when we welcome a brand new auto on board, we tackle board additionally somewhat little bit of the soul of everyone that contributed to the undertaking, so welcome on board", Parmitano informed Mission Management.

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NASA says that its latest batch of cargo weighs around 5,700lbs.

Among that science equipment is what NASA calls a "robot hotel" for the station's two Robotic External Leak Locators, free-flying robots created to sniff out gas leaks on the space station.

By 12:43 p.m. Dragon's solar arrays had deployed and was on its way to the International Space Station.

The new launch target will push the SpaceX flight beyond the year-end holidays, as well as a planned Boeing launch of its first uncrewed Starliner astronaut taxi for NASA, which is slated to launch December 20. "The demonstration also will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying SpaceX's crew transportation system for carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station".

The scientific supplies include malting barley, which will allow astronauts to grow food in space, a study of how fire spreads in zero gravity and a batch of mice to research ways of preventing bone and muscle loss without the pull of Earth's gravity.

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