Double Dragon: SpaceX begins delivering the space station

Double Dragon: SpaceX begins delivering the space station

Cape Canaveral: SpaceX on Sunday launched a new and larger version of its Dragon supply spacecraft for the International Space Station, the first time the company has two capsules at a time.
The Dragon – adorned with Christmas treats and gifts – should arrive on Monday at the space station, which joined the Dragon and rescued four astronauts last month.
“Wherever you see dragons,” said Kenny Todd, NASA’s deputy space station program manager.
With NASA’s commercial staff program officially underway, SpaceX expects there to be at least one dragon capsule on the space station at all times.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blew up with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s latest dragon, where Corona virus precautions keep staff to a minimum. The first stage booster – which made its fourth flight – was aiming for a touchdown on a marine platform several minutes after the lift off. It was used by Elon Musk’s company to launch the first astronaut in May.
Billions of microbes and crushed asteroid specimens for biomagnetic studies in 6,400-pound (2,900 kg) shipments, a new medical device to provide rapid blood test results for astronauts in space, and experiments Includes a privately owned and moving chamber for expansion. As a refrigerator outside the circulating lab. Forty rats are also flying to study bones and eyes, two areas of vulnerability for astronauts during long stays.
Todd said the research was “the ultimate Christmas present” for NASA astronaut Kate Robbins, a hunter of a virus that created the first DNA in space a few years ago.
As for the personal gifts on board the four Americans, two Russians and a Japanese, “I don’t like going out in front of Santa Claus. I’m afraid it could go wrong on my own Christmas. “Let’s see what happens when they open the hatch … I’m optimistic.” For the astronauts’ Christmas feast, the dragon is carrying roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce, shortbread cookies and icing tubes.
This state-of-the-art cargo-carrying model – as big as the SpaceX crew capsule – will go into the orbiting lab on its own. Previous SpaceX cargo ships needed the station’s robotic arm to anchor.
The capsule will remain on the space station as usual for a month before being immersed in experiments and old equipment and slipping into the Atlantic Ocean. This is another replacement for the old SpaceX cargo ship, which enters the Pacific Ocean. Getting closer to Cape Canaveral will save recycling time.
This is SpaceX’s 21st supply station for NASA since 2012. The flight was delayed by one day due to somewhat bad weather off the coast of Booster Recovery Area.

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