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SpaceX successfully launches "powerful mice", beer grains and more to ISS



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The Falcon 9 before launch on Thursday.


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SpaceX successfully sent all kinds of science on its way to the International Space Station on Thursday.

A brand new Falcon 9 booster lifted a Dragon capsule with multiple scientific payloads and a handful of NASA CubeSets, directly to the ISS, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The blast-off was initially launched on Wednesday but was delayed for almost 24 hours by high altitude winds and choppy seas that could have affected the droneship landing board in the Atlantic.

The rocket lifted off just before 1

2:30. ET (9:30 PM). The dragon's journey to the ISS will take three days, and will arrive on December 8.

The mission, known as CRS-19, is the 19th travel experience for SpaceX and the third time this special Dragon capsule will lead to space.

The Falcon 9 booster landed on the drone ship Of course, I still love you about eight minutes after launch to be reused in subsequent missions by SpaceX, while the Dragon capsule begins its journey to the ISS. SpaceX's previous launch hit two more milestones for recovery including reusing a Falcon 9 booster and stabbing the landing for a fourth time. That landing took place in the droneship Of Course I Still Love You and the same catch is expected during this mission.

A number of exciting experiments are being led to the ISS on this mission. The Japanese Space Agency, JAXA, will send in new, high-resolution images to study the Earth's surface and identify different materials and bridge the giant Anheuser-Busch InBev will test how microgravity affects grain milling. Forty mice will also be present for their lives, as researchers aim to better understand how bones and muscles are affected by long time in space.

Further experiments will assess how fire spreads in space and a new way of storing robots that can detect leaks on the outside of the ISS. And after the last Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery, "Where did the hole in the space station come from?" it sounds like a necessary upgrade.






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Originally published December 1.


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