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SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has begun its CRS-17 resupply mission to the International Space Station with launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Falcon 9 launched at 02:48 Eastern Time (06:48 UTC) on Saturday, deploying Dragon into orbit less than ten minutes later. The launch came after a 24 hour delay due to a scrub caused by a power outage on the booster recovery drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You”.

Dragon’s CRS-17 mission is being flown as part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program, which uses commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to the space station. SpaceX and Northrop Grumman carry out these missions for NASA, using the Dragon and Cygnus spacecraft respectively.


The pressurized cargo includes 726 kilograms (1,601 lb) of scientific equipment and experiments. Research that CRS-17 will deliver to the station includes Tissue Chips in Space – an investigation that will use three-dimensional cultures of human tissue to study how cells respond to factors such as drugs or diseases in the microgravity environment. The experiment launching to the station aboard CRS-17 is the second in this series, the first having flown aboard CRS-16 last December.
Another experiment, Photobioreactor, will study the feasibility of using biological processes as part of the life support system on future long-duration space missions. The experiment will cultivate microscopic algae, Chlorella vulgaris, aboard the space station’s Destiny laboratory. The algae consume carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, while also producing nutritional biomass that could be consumed by astronauts.


Dragon will also deliver the Hermes Facility to the space station. Hermes is a ground-controlled laboratory which will allow scientists on Earth to conduct research aboard the space station. Experiments can be installed in the Hermes Facility via interchangeable “cassettes” which scientists can control remotely. The first experiment to use this facility will be a materials and microgravity study exploring how particles interact in the regolith of small asteroids.
As well as science, the CRS-17 mission will deliver 338 kilograms (745 pounds) of supplies and provisions for the space station’s crew, 357 kilograms (787 lb) of hardware for the US and International segments of the station, 75 kilograms (165 lb) of computer equipment, 10 kilograms (22 lb) of hardware to support EVAs and 11 kilograms (24 lb) of hardware that is being flown on behalf of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roskosmos.


Dragon’s cargo includes components for the space station’s new water storage system, filters for a new waste management system, wire harnesses and depressurization indicators that will be used to support future commercial crew flights and the POLARS system that will facilitate transportation of scientific experiments at low temperatures.





Source:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2019/05/spacex-falcon-9-dragons-crs-17-mission-iss/
 

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By now we've got somewhat used to SpaceX achievements, but every time I watch a booster landing like this (in the night, in the middle of the ocean), I can't help but watching in a kind of jaw-dropped astonishment. Still.
 
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