SpaceX, US private space agency entrusted with cargo supply to International Space Station, will launch its 11th flight aboard the Dragon spacecraft to carry payload of resupply to the orbiting ISS tomorrow, June 1, 2017. The liftoff will be at 5:55 p.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the US space agency NASA said.
“This will be the sixth SpaceX rocket to take off from the historic pad further emphasising the centre’s role as a premier, multi-user spaceport,” said NASA. SpaceX’s 230-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket will carry supplies and experiments, including key materials to support 250 science experiments taking place during Expeditions 52 and 53.
The ISS crew is plnning to carry out investigations into neutron stars, osteoporosis, solar panels, tools for Earth-observation, among others. When Dragon reaches ISS, the two US astronauts who had successfully repaired its outerspace last week — Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer — will grapple Dragon using the station’s 57-foot-long robotic arm.
The Dragon capsule will be attached to ISS for one month until July first week and return to Earth with results of earlier experiments, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, NASA said.
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