SpaceX’s 22nd Mission will be at Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX’s 22nd Commercial Resupply Services mission with the upgraded version of its Dragon spacecraft will head to International Space Center by a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This resupply mission will include NASA science investigations, supplies, and equipment.

NASA explained, “Among the investigations arriving inside the Dragon’s pressurized capsule will be a variety of research experiments, including an experiment that could help develop better pharmaceuticals and therapies for treating kidney disease on Earth, as well as a study of cotton root systems that could identify varieties of plants that require less water and pesticides, and two model organism investigations. One study will look at bobtail squid as a model to examine the effects of spaceflight on interactions between beneficial microbes and their animal hosts. Another will examine tardigrades’ adaptation to the harsh environment of space, which could contribute to long-term problem solving for vaccine production, distribution, and storage on Earth.”

With many interesting objects to carry on to the International Space Center, Investigators will test a portable ultrasound technology, the first two of six new roll-out solar arrays that were tested on the orbiting laboratory in 2017.

Scientific investigations have the goal of improving life and advancements in the areas of biology, biotechnology, physical science, between residents of Earth and beyond. This scientific adventure through the ISS National Laboratory in space provides opportunities for other U.S. agencies, private sectors, and academic research institutions to conduct microgravity research that leads to new technologies, medical treatments, and products that improve life on Earth.

This is the second man-led SpaceX mission. SpaceX has completed 21 cargo resupply missions to and from the space station, providing more than 100,000 pounds of supplies and approximately 80,000 pounds of return mass so far. According to NASA, SpaceX delivered two astronauts on May 30, 2020, into orbit on a Crew Dragon spacecraft during Crew Dragon Demo-2, making SpaceX the first private company to send astronauts to the International Space Station.

Since November 2000, Human beings have been residing in the space station and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft have visited the orbiting laboratory. This space station is now a new stepping stone to the Moon and Mars in the future.

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