SpaceX brings glowing newborn squids and water bears into space – broadcast

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On June 3, at 20:29 pm Kiev time, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket is to be launched, which will send a Cargo Dragon cargo ship with 3328 kg of cargo on a commercial flight to the International Space Station. The launch will take place from the SLC-39A site in the Space Center. Kennedy at Cape Canaveral, Florida. At this time there will be a day.


The first stage of this rocket has not yet flown, which is already a rarity for SpaceX launches. Her gently sit drone barge Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean. Dragon will separate from the second stage of the rocket after about 12 minutes of flight and a day later it autonomously docks with the ISS. The ship is designed for five round trip flights.

CARGO… The C209 ship carries 1948 kg of cargo in a pressurized compartment and 1380 kg when open. This includes 920 kg of scientific materials, 341 kg of equipment for the crew, 345 kg of equipment for the station, 52 kg of equipment for spacewalk, 58 kg of computer components.

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The ISS conducts hundreds of experiments in biology and biotechnology, physical sciences, and earth and space sciences. A SpaceX truck will deliver materials there for dozens of studies, including:

TICTOC, research that can help create cotton varieties that require less water and pesticides;
Cell Science-04studying the survival of tardigrades in space. Scientists want to find genes involved in adaptation and survival under high stress so that they “learn something about the tricks they use to survive and adapt them to protect astronauts;
– a project to track the symbiotic interaction of beneficial microbes with their host animals in zero gravity. The UMAMI project uses the glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid Euprymna scolopes for this. The results could contribute to the development of protective measures and mitigations for maintaining the health of the crew on long-term space missions;

– portable ultrasound machine Butterfly IQ;
Kidney Cells-02, a three-dimensional model of kidney cells to study the effect of microgravity on the formation of microcrystals that can lead to the formation of kidney stones;
Pilot, testing the effectiveness of remote control of robotic arms and spacecraft using virtual reality and interfaces based on tactile sensations or imitation of touch and movement;
iROSA, a roll-out “carpet” solar battery for the ISS.

Many experiments are “sharpened” for the development of long-term missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. All illustrations and photos for the CRS-22 mission are available in high quality here.

Photo: SpaceX

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