NASA was preparing this weekend yet again for another mission.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX was set to launch a spacecraft Saturday morning at 10:01 a.m. EST to send supplies to the International Space Station from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch was due to be its second mission since SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket exploded at Cape Canaveral in September, ruining a $200 million Facebook satellite in the process.
The Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon cargo capsule will contain more than 5,000 pounds of supplies, including important materials to support scientific investigations for future expeditions. Some of these studies will include research to observe climate records, combat human disease and “improve autonomous spacecraft docking with the orbiting laboratory,” according to a SpaceX news release.
The launch was on track to be the first time SpaceX attempted a mission from the historic Kennedy Space Center, which was initially created in 1968 for the Apollo program. The spacecraft was scheduled to spend a month at the International Space Station orbiting laboratory before it returning to Earth’s atmosphere and burning up before safely hitting the Pacific Ocean.
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