SpaceX Launch ‘mighty-mice’ to Space, to the International Space Station
SpaceX, a rocket company by Elon Musk, launched a spacecraft on Thursday, to the International Space Station, having a group of genetically enhanced ‘mighty-mice’ and 5700 pounds of supplies.
From the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the SpaceX Dragon capsule blazed into the orbit atop the Falcon 9 rocket at around 12.30 pm ET. On Sunday, t is supposed to link up with the space station.
One day delay was caused in this mission as it was scheduled to take off on Wednesday but was delayed due to the rough winds in the upper atmosphere.
In this, the mice used were from Maine, from the nonprofit Jackson Laboratory. They had manipulated genes to enhance their muscle growth. This will be useful for scientists to know how to reduce the bone and muscle loss in humans when they are in space and will be added to the history of research on rodents abroad the ISS.
There are the other research supplies in the SpaceX flight which would support the experiments, including the experiments which test how fire behaves in space, potential therapies for heart diseases and the basic theories of gravity.
Under contract worth billions, SpaceX regularly flies cargo to the space station for NASA. All of the missions have been smooth so far except the one in 2015, SpaceX Falcon rocket exploded on the seventh such mission.
Resupply missions through 2024 are signed up by the company. Also, SpaceX will soon have the first-ever mission with people on board, in a new version of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, known as the Crew Dragon.
A major chunk of SpaceX’s revenue is represented from those NASA contracts, worth a combined total of nearly $8 billion.
Since 200, the ISS has hosted astronauts in rotating crews. Basically, the International Space Station is a five-bedroom home and an orbiting laboratory. According to NASA, his lab has been used by more than 100 countries so far to conduct almost 3000 scientific investigations ranging from astrophysics to health and medicine.
A place where there is no Earth’s pull on the physical and biological phenomena is provided by the microgravity environment on the space station. A better fundamental understanding of how things work can be known to Scientists by conducting experiments in space. To carry out research, private companies like Goodyear Tire to Budweiser use the space station.
In 2011, after NASA retired from its Space Shuttle program, Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman (NOC)) and SpaceX started flying cargo to the International Space Station.
By 2024, as NASA shifts its focus to deep-space exploration including the plan to put people back on the moon, there has been a big push to hand over more duties at the space station to the commercial industry.
The United States’ nearly decade-long reliance on Russia for flying people to space will be ended soon as Boeing (BA) and SpaceX, each working on developing crew-worthy spacecraft. According to the companies, even though the capsules are years behind schedule already, the key tests in the coming weeks and months could bring SpaceX and Boeing back on track for their first mission with a crew.
This SpaceX’s 19th cargo mission came on Thursday.