SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Chasing Space Station for Easter Morning Rendezvous

August 23, 2017 – 10:23 am
A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket blasts off for the International Space Station carrying an unmanned Dragon cargo ship on April 18, 2014. The mission launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and is SpaceX's third cargo delivery for NASA.
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Dragon has embarked upon the third of 12 resupply missions SpaceX will fly to the space station under a $1.6 billion deal with NASA. The capsule is carrying nearly 5, 000 lbs. (2, 268 kilograms) of food, supplies, and scientific experiments, which crewmembers of the orbiting lab's Expedition 39 will offload when the hatch between the two vehicles opens on Sunday morning.

Dragon ReleaseIt's unclear if Dragon is toting chocolate eggs, jelly beans or any other special Easter treats for the astronauts.

"I don't know of anything, " Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told reporters after the launch Friday. "It'll be a surprise for all of us when they open the hatch."

Items on Dragon's official manifest include a pair of legs for NASA's humanoid Robonaut 2, which is designed to be a sort of robot butler for astronauts, along with a plant-growth experiment called Veg-01 and a NASA laser-communication experiment called OPALS (Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science).

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The spaceflight company SpaceX is one of several firms building private space taxis and cargo ships to launch astronauts and supplies into space. But there's more to SpaceX than meets the eye. Test your SpaceX know-how here.

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The spaceflight company SpaceX is one of several firms building private space taxis and cargo ships to launch astronauts and supplies into space. But there's more to SpaceX than meets the eye. Test your SpaceX know-how here.


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Source: www.space.com

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