Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Shipment

SpaceX Falcon rocket launches the Dragon capsule
SpaceX's Dragon capsule recently delivered to the International Space Station a shipment of mice, a 3D printer, and a new weather instrument
Dragon attached to Space Station
Source: USTREAM
RapidScat will be installed on the ISS in the coming days. Its purpose is to measure ocean winds. Better observations of winds in the ocean should lead to better weather forecasts. This new and improved instrument replaces the old QuickScat Satellite which was decommissioned in 2009.

When Dragon returns to earth it will bring with it lettuce harvested from the space station.

More information about the mission can be found here:

Also, a NASA news article here:

In similar news, SpaceX and Boeing were both awarded contracts to transport people to space, putting America back in the business of space travel.
Boeing CST-100
SpaceX Dragon 2

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