Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
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Watch SpaceX launch a used Falcon 9 rocket to resupply the ISS

Watch SpaceX launch a used Falcon 9 rocket to resupply the ISS

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launched last night (Monday 2 April) from Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo that showcases the ingenuity of the United Kingdom space sector.

The Titusville Police Department said in a news release the "violent collision" happened just after 6 p.m. on State Road 405, as Adam P. Stephenson, 30, of Bristol, England, was making a U-turn into the path of an eastbound black Ford F-250 pickup truck. But with possible showers in the forecast, a contingency plan has the mission launching on Tuesday, when there is less chance of rain.

SpaceX blasted off a load of supplies Monday for the International Space Station aboard a rocket and a cargo ship that have both flown before, marking the second such flight for the California-based company.

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is hosting the 14th launch of a SpaceX commercial cargo mission to the space station.


Aside from the inherent benefits of gathering critical data ahead of the April 24 debut of Falcon 9 Block 5, a rapid reuse version of the booster that SpaceX is not likely to be keen on expending, exploring the limits of Falcon 9's ability to reenter Earth's atmosphere could enable a greater proportion of missions to be recoverable in the future.

SpaceX does not plan to attempt a full recovery of the Falcon 9.

You can watch live coverage of the Dragon's arrival here at Space.com starting at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT), courtesy of NASA TV. The first stage safely separated and fell back to the Earth.

The Dragon is scheduled to berth with the station early April 4 and remain at the station for a month. "This flight delivers scientific investigations looking at severe thunderstorms on Earth, the effects of microgravity on production of high-performance products from metal powders, and growing food in space", NASA officials said in a statement. Included among the science-related cargo is an experiment created to study severe thunderstorms on Earth. The experiment, called the Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (Veggie PONDS), will test a machine that gives nutrients to lettuce and mizuna greens for harvest and consumption in orbit. But those satellites can't provide enough coverage, which is why SpaceX wants to launch thousands of them. You can read about more experiments on CRS-14 here. A variant of the Dragon spacecraft, called Crew Dragon, is being developed for US - based crew transport to and from the space station. Test your SpaceX know-how here.

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