SPACEX RESUPPLY LAUNCH A SUCCESS
Supplies, science experiments sent to ISS from Space Coast on Thursday
SpaceX sent 5,700 pounds of supplies and more than 250 science experiments to the International Space Station as part of the company’s 19th resupply mission.
The liftoff, which was scrubing bed Wednesday because of high winds, came at 12:29 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launch complex 40. Shortly after takeoff, the first stage booster successfully landed back on SpaceX’s drone ship Of Course I Still Love You off the coast of Jacksonville.
Among the experiments goto the station is one from Budweiser looking to learn more about how to malt barley seeds in microgravity, part of a longterm plan to brew beer in space. The company has said it wants to be the first beer on Mars.
Also on board are some holiday gifts for the six-person ISS crew, but NASA wouldn’t say exactly what Santa would be delivering.
SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon is scheduled to arrive Sunday at the ISS, where it will stay for about a month.
The Dragon spacecraft supporting SpaceX’s 19th resupply mission to the International Space Station on Thursday previously flew in support of the company’s fourth and 11th commercial resupply missions.