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NASA Sends New Research to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

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An experiment in space manufacturing and an enhanced study of solar energy are among the research currently heading to the International Space Station following Friday’s launch of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 10:36 a.m. EST.

Dragon lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida with more than 4,800 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies that will support dozens of the more than 250 investigations aboard the space station.

NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba will use the space station’s robotic arm to capture Dragon when it arrives at the station. Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Installation coverage is set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

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The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft successfully launched at 10:36 a.m. EST Dec. 15, 2017, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying more than 4,800 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies to the International Space Station.

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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Dec. 15 to send the commercial Dragon cargo craft on its journey to deliver some three tons of experiments and supplies to the crew members aboard the International Space Station. Once it arrives at the complex, the Dragon will be captured by the station’s Canadian-built robotic arm operated by Expedition 53 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA.

Ground controllers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will then take over, sending commands to maneuver Dragon to the Earth-facing side of the Harmony module where the spacecraft will be attached for a month-long stay.

 

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Packed with almost 4,800 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware for the International Space Station.

 

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