Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Christmas Turkey and Fruitcake On The Way To Space Station

Christmas Turkey and Fruitcake On The Way To Space Station

It is carrying experiments in forest observation, protein crystal growth and in-space fuel transfer demonstration and supplies that will support the crew, station maintenance and dozens of the more than 250 investigations aboard the space station, NASA said in a statement.

SpaceX's success in landing Falcon 9 first stages and reusing them has become so routine that today's failure is newsworthy even though no other commercial space launch company does this at all.

The us space Agency NASA on the day (from 4 to 5 December) was postponed sending the Dragon with food supplies for the global space station.

Forty mice depend on the food for the Rodent Research-8 project, which studies aging.

Most recently, a Falcon 9 that launched from California included a booster with two previous launches under its belt.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule are scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral at 1:16 p.m. ET Wednesday. The food bars were replaced and the launch is now ready to go. Those projects will test dental glue and a plant-watering process for space.

It is expected to reach the ISS on Saturday.

And the Dragon brings a special treat for one class of spacecraft: It's carrying a satellite deployment system called SlingShot that can fit inside the Cygnus spacecraft's berth to deploy up to 18 cubesats.

See that small space station? Its first step was about to land back at the launch site. It's a badge of honor on the @SpaceX Dragon capsule, launching today! Three of the six members arrived earlier this week and will remain there for the next six months while the remaining ones will return home on December 20.

With the Dragon in hand, the station crew will turn its attention to a planned spacewalk next Tuesday by cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Oleg Kononenko to inspect the Soyuz MS-09/55S ferry ship that carried Gerst, Prokopyev and Serena Auñón-Chancellor into orbit on June 6.

Astronaut Anne McClain, also from NASA, will monitor telemetry during the spacecraft's approach. The others return home on December 20, leaving only three for Christmas dinner, not counting the mice and worms.

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