SpaceX launch: Dragon spacecraft successfully launched to International Space Station (Video)By Angel Cuala on Oct 8, 2012 in Astronomy, Science •
The Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully launched its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, October 7, 2012, as shown in the video below. The CRS-1 mission marks the first of at least 12 SpaceX missions to the ISS for the cargo resupply mission with NASA.
SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launch
Image Credit: SpaceX.com
According to the announcement by SpaceX on its official website that day, the SpaceX cargo was launched at 8:35 p.m. ET and went off aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 in Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the unmmaned spacecraft bringing supplies, including food and clothes for the Expedition 33 crew members.
The Dragon spacecraft, which is the only space station cargo craft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, is expected to be attached to the ISS on Wednesday, October 10 and will return to Earth on Sunday, October 28, 2012, bringing along scientific materials and space station hardware.
“We are right where we need to be at this stage in the mission. We still have a lot of work to do, of course, as we guide Dragon‘s approach to the space station. But the launch was an unqualified success.” Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and Chief Technical Officer, was quoted in the report.
As noted by NASA, the SpaceX launch is part of the least 12 cargo missions to the ISS through 2016, which is under NASA‘s Commercial Resupply Services contract, worth $1 billion. Dragon spacecraft is bringing a total of 882 pounds of supplies, including 260 pounds of crew supplies, among others.
Upon its return to Earth, NASA said that Dragon will bring home a total of 1,673 pounds of supplies, including 163 pounds of crew supplies, 866 pounds of scientific research, 518 pounds of vehicle hardware and other hardware; after spending 18 days being attached to the ISS.
SpaceX CRS-1 Launch to International Space Station
Video Credit: SpaceXChannel/YouTube
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