NASA Sending SpaceX Resupply Mission To ISS This Friday

Posted: Apr 6 2016, 9:12am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


NASA Sending SpaceX Resupply Mission to ISS This Friday
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), developed for NASA by Bigelow Aerospace, is lifted into SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft for transport to the International Space Station when the spacecraft launches at 4:43 p.m. Friday, April 8, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida Credits: SpaceX
  • NASA headed for SpaceX Resupply Project meant for the ISS

NASA is headed for the SpaceX resupply project which is mainly meant to reach the ISS.

NASA’s helper agency, SpaceX is to have its eighth resupply mission shoot for the heavens on April 8th. It’s goal is the ISS. The Dragon spacecraft will achieve its launch in a piggyback manner aboard the Falcon 9 rocket.

Cape Canaveral in Florida will be the venue of takeoff. The mission is to carry scientific research instruments and paraphernalia, astronaut’s equipment and other odds and ends of usable objects on board to the ISS.  

NASA TV will air the event for all to see. The agency’s site on the Internet will show the powerful liftoff. After 10 minutes into its launch, the Dragon spacecraft will undergo certain maneuvers which will send it into hyperdrive so that it reaches the ISS on time.

It will reach the ISS on Sunday, April 10th. It will be a momentous event. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and ESA astronaut Tim Peake will employ the famous robotic arm of the ISS to catch hold of the resupply mission module.

Commands from ground control will ensure that the resupply mission is fitted onto the ISS in a suitable and proper manner.  

The next day after the docking process, the astronauts on board the ISS will open the lock between the station and resupply mission and enter it to explore what has been sent exclusively for them.

The supply load weighs about 7000 pounds. Among the odds and ends of equipment will be the BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module).

This will be employed to test the possibility of an expandable environment in the zero gravity of space. The astronauts’ biological samples will be brought back via the Dragon spacecraft as well. 

As for the experiments that will be performed aboard the ISS, they include the testing of bone loss and muscle atrophy. Also particle flows at the scale of nanotechnology will be measured for future analysis.

Besides this, protein crystal growth will be utilized in the making of modern drugs to combat illness. The Dragon spacecraft will return to our home planet on May 11th. It will make quite a splash in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.

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