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A next-generation SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft is well on its way to the International Space Station with over 6,400 pounds of science materials, a new airlock, and other cargo after successfully launching at 11:17 a.m. EST Sunday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It took off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy and should arrive around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Similar to Crew-2, it will perform autonomous docking, and set to remain at the station for about a month. Read more for a video of the launch and additional information.
This upgraded Dragon design, similar to that of the Crew Dragon used to transport astronauts to and from the station, boasts double the capacity for powered lockers, with a total of twelve, which are used to preserve science and research samples during transport to and from Earth. These science payloads can now remain in the upgraded Dragon through the duration of the mission as an extension to the station’s lab space. There are four powered payloads that will reside in Dragon during this docked mission.
- Bring to life the rocket launch that took humans to the moon with the meter-high (approximately 1: 110 scale) model rocket of the NASA Apollo Saturn V
- The Saturn V rocket kit includes 3 removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) below the launch escape system, command and service module; Plus, there are 2 minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket toy
- After building the Saturn V rocket, you can display the spacecraft horizontally with 3 stands; The Lunar Lander docks with the command and service modules while the Lunar Orbiter sends the rocket into space
- Recreate space adventures with this NASA toy and action figures based off of the included booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this build and play set
- This spaceship toy measures over 39-inches (100cm) high and 6-inches (17cm) in diameter; It includes 1,969 pieces and is ideal for boys and girls 14 years or older
The crew is going to get some type of Christmasy food on orbit. I don’t think that will be any surprise to them, but anything more than that … I don’t like to get out in front of Santa Claus. Let’s see what happens when they open the hatch,” he added, noting he was optimistic that there may be more than just holiday food for the crew inside the Dragon,” said Kenny Todd, NASA’s Deputy program manager for the International Space Station (ISS).