SpaceX is going to launch a major project to the International Space Station. The highly anticipated launch will carry many pieces of equipment for as many as 38 scientific experiments. Among these, 23 are new to the International Space Station. The mission is not going to end there, as the spacecraft will bring 54 different samples from already completed or ongoing experiments in the space station. Among these hundreds of operations, only a few are interesting enough to discuss here.
Initially, the spacecraft named CRS 19 scheduled to launch on the 4th of December. But, SpaceX postponed the launch for 24 hours, due to the high wind velocity in the upper atmosphere. Now, the spacecraft will launch tomorrow, the 5th of December. This mission will mark SpaceX’s 19th supply mission to the International Space Station. The highly awaited spacecraft will launch by SpaceX’s most powerful Falcon 9 rockets from the Air Force Station in Florida.
The rocket will carry a whopping mass of around 2,600 kg of payload. Among these, about 1000 kilograms is for various scientific experiments. Interested people can watch this magnificent event from the official website of SpaceX and NASA. SpaceX revealed that it is going to use a brand new booster, particularly for this mission.
Beer, Mighty Mice, and Fire
Among the many things that NASA is sending, beer is the one that attracted much attention. NASA is sending Budweiser beer to space for the first time. No, it’s not for the celebration on the eve of New Year, scientists will examine the barley malting process in the presence of microgravity.
Apart from beer, scientists are also sending mighty mice, a small satellite from Mexico- CubeSat, and Hyperspectral Imager Suite. NASA is also sending some material that eventually allows the astronauts creating a fire source. People present in the ISS will take care of the safety of the ISS, before enabling the materials to create fire in a closed system.