The launch of the CRS-26 mission of the private company SpaceX to the International Space Station (ISS), whose objective is to take material for scientific research, supplies and equipment to the crew installed in the laboratory, took off successfully this Saturday.
NASA disclosed through social networks the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and the new Dragon capsule attached from the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral (Florida), which had to be postponed last Tuesday due to bad weather conditions.
The US space agency and SpaceX, a company owned by magnate Elon Musk that serves NASA as a supplier of rockets and spacecraft for various missions, finally successfully resumed takeoff operations today.
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The launch of the CRS-26 mission was scheduled to begin at 2:20 p.m. local time and was carried out satisfactorily as scheduled.
The Dragon carries a “Moon Microscope” “package” for “in-flight medical diagnostics” to the ISS, which includes a portable handheld microscope and a small self-contained device for taking blood samples.
This will allow astronauts to collect and stain a blood sample, obtain images under a microscope and transmit them to Earth, where a team of surgeons will use them to diagnose diseases and prescribe treatments.
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft carries supplies and equipment for the Expedition 68 crew installed on the ISS, including the iROSA Deployable Solar Array Array.
The iROSAs are expected to be installed outside the ISS during spacewalks scheduled for late November and early December.
The space capsule is also carrying materials for a study that will grow dwarf tomatoes to create a continuous fresh food production system in space.
The Dragon, which is flying into space for the first time in support of the CRS-26 mission, will apply autonomously to the ISS upon arrival.