KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla .– Just in time for the holiday season, SpaceX is preparing to deliver supplies to the International Space Station before Christmas.
It’s vacation delivery season, and SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft plans to be part of the vacation transportation.
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NASA officials at the Cape Canaveral space station shared an image of the arrival of the cargo spacecraft on Sunday.
This will be SpaceX’s 24th cargo launch to the space station.
The launch is currently set for 5:06 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21 from Launch Complex 39A.
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Officials said the Dragon freighter would provide various investigations to the space station, including a study into the growth of protein crystals that could improve the delivery of cancer treatment drugs; a portable bioprinter that will test a technology that could one day be used to print tissue directly on wounds to speed healing; experiences of students from several universities within the framework of the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS) program; and a Tide makers survey that examines the effectiveness of detergents in microgravity.
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It’s unclear what additional holiday gifts the spacecraft may offer, but some micro-gravity-friendly gingerbread and eggnog astronauts would be a good start.
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