Monday, 10 December, 2018

Christmas turkey, fruitcake rocketing toward space station

After mice food delay, SpaceX set for space station resupply launch Wednesday Here’s how to watch SpaceX’s Dragon take off for the space station
Elijah Vega | 06 December, 2018, 11:13

Christmas turkey rocketed toward the International Space Station on Wednesday, along with cranberry sauce, candied yams and the obligatory fruitcake. "Ships en route to rescue Falcon", he wrote.

SpaceX had planned to land the first stage of the brand-new Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket at a landing zone ashore at Cape Canaveral, but as the rocket descended toward the cape, the live feed from the booster's onboard cameras appeared to show the craft going into some sort of uncontrolled spin.

It was the first time SpaceX ever failed to land a booster on solid ground, following a string of 12 straight successes.

Koenigsmann also revealed at the briefing that the rocket's upper stage, which successfully placed the Dragon cargo spacecraft in orbit, used redesigned composite-overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) used to store helium to pressurize the stage's propellant tanks.

"Grid fin hydraulic pump stalled, so Falcon landed just out to sea", Musk tweeted.

World Bank promises $200 bn in 2021-25 climate cash
However, the measures so far to reduce harmful greenhouse gases are far from sufficient to meet the goal. The world temperature is constantly rising due to climate change.

The Falcon 9 first stage used on the launch of a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station was meant to land at the company's Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral, several kilometers to the south of Space Launch Complex 40, where the rocket lifted off. However, 7 minutes and 25 seconds after the launch, the first stage began tumbling uncontrollably towards the surface. "All told, another great day for SpaceX and NASA". It's SpaceX's 16th cargo mission as part of its contract with NASA.

Apart from the mice, worms, too, made the trip to space Wednesday for a study on muscle loss in space, with the hope of helping treat muscular conditions on Earth.

Researchers expect a tenfold increase in the worm population. There will be plenty of room on board for all the tiny nematodes. The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the ISS around 6 a.m. EST (11:00 GMT) on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

The rocket was initially meant to take off on Tuesday, but was delayed for a day after engineers discovered moldy mouse food in one of the science investigations created to study the effect of microgravity on the immune system. The mission, which was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, delivered a whopping 64 tiny satellites into orbit, which is the most in a single mission in the history of US spaceflight. The crew includes two Americans, two Russians, one German and one Canadian. The newest residents will remain on board for six months, while the others will return to Earth on December 20.

SpaceX has been making station deliveries for NASA since 2012.

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