A SpaceX capsule exploded on Monday at the International Space Station, carrying tons of scientific research and ice cream.
The experiments represent the bulk of 6400 pounds of goods, which must reach the orbital laboratory on Wednesday. This includes 20 mice that come back alive in the SpaceX Dragon capsule in about a month.
The dragon also doubles as an ice cream truck on this occasion. There was extra space in the freezer, so NASA packaged small vanilla cups, chocolate cake and birthday cake and sweet ice bars. These treats should be particularly well received by the American astronaut Peggy Whitson, in orbit since November. She returned in early September. The end of the United States Randolph Bresnik, just arrived, reached 50 years of age next month. The space station has surpassed 250 miles on the Atlantic, off the coast of Nova Scotia, when the Falcon took flight.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the CRS-12 Dragon Spacecraft Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on August 14, 2017. This was the mission of SpaceX Commercial Refueling Services ( CRS-12), the dragon spacecraft carry over 6,400 pounds of supplies and cargoes to the international space station. The landing occurred about 10 minutes after the rocket with a dragon cargo ship launched at the International Space Station. This marks the successful landing of the company and its sixth successful country by country, with the rest of the vessels at sea.
“It’s right on the bull’s-eye, and a very soft touchdown,” said Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX. The mice on board are part of a study of the visual problems in space suffered by some male astronauts. Scientists study the pressure in the eyes of animals, and the movement of fluid in the brain. Thirty days for mice in space is comparable to three years for humans, according to Michael Delp of the University of Florida, who is responsible for the experience. The study could help explain why female astronauts do not have this vision problem, which may be long after space flights, he added.
You watch Falcon 9 CRS-12 Dragon spacecraft Launch and Landing here