SpaceX CRS-8 Mission Lifts Off At 4:43pm ET

Posted: Apr 8 2016, 1:44pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 9 2016, 1:02am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

SpaceX CRS-8 Mission Lifts Off at 4:43pm ET
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Friday, April 8 brings another SpaceX dragon mission.

The SpaceX CRS-8 Dragon Mission is scheduled for this afternoon. Weather is 90% go according to the latest NASA update. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands ready for liftoff at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40. The rocket will launch a Dragon resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). The exact Liftoff time is 4:43 p.m. EDT.

Update: SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 stage 1 on a ship. Watch the 4K Video of the landing.

SpaceX and NASA are offering live coverage of the launch online. NASA kicks off the coverage of CRS-8 at 3:30pm on NASA TV. SpaceX begins its coverage 20 minutes before the launch.

The Dragon spacecraft will be filled with about 7,000 pounds of critical supplies and payloads for the space station crew, including materials to support dozens of the approximately 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 47 and 48.

Dragon’s unpressurized trunk will carry the approximately 3,100 pound Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, that will attach to the space station and demonstrate expandable in space habitat technology.

Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. This will be again the most exciting moment to watch. Let's hope that this time the video cameras keep on sending footage during the live coverage.

You can watch the SpaceX CRS-8 Dragon mission on and on

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