A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon cargo spacecraft toward the International Space Station today (April 2) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, hauling nearly 3 tons of experiments and supplies, including a lightning tracker, a materials-science facility, two student genetics experiments and much more.
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SpaceX will launch a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on Monday (April 2) at 4:30 p.m. EDT (20:30 GMT).
Live coverage of the launch will begin at 4 p.m. EDT (20:00 GMT), and you can watch it live in the window above, courtesy of NASA TV. The CRS14 launch is the 52nd launch of Falcon 9, the 16th of Dragon, and the 7th SpaceX launch this year.
CRS-14 on its way to ISS
Dragon nosecone falls away.
Dragon separation! Note experiments in the trunk.
This is the 16th Dragon 1 flight. The capsule is C110, previously flown on the CRS-8 mission. The trunk and nose cap are, as usual, new.
And that’s mission success for Falcon. Dragon has some work ahead however.
De Ziua Îndrăgostiților vă dăruiesc imaginea unui inel cu diamante cosmice…
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Dați diamantele pe stele ?
When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb) – a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel – Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.
Falcon Heavy’s first stage is composed of three Falcon 9 nine-engine cores whose 27 Merlin engines together generate more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff, equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.
Following liftoff, the two side boosters separate from the center core and return to landing sites for future reuse.
The center core, traveling further and faster than the side boosters, also returns for reuse, but lands on a drone ship located in the Atlantic Ocean.
At max velocity the Roadster will travel 11 km/s (7mi/s) and travel 400 million km (250 million mi) from Earth.
LIVE LANDING COVERAGE:
NASA Astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli, and Sergey Ryazanskiy return home to Earth after 139 days in space. It is a cold afternoon at the landing site in Kazakhstan.
Bentornato, Paolo Nespoli !
Thank you for all pictures !
HAPPENING NOW: A Christmas Tree drawn in the skies of Germany by an Airbus A380 Emirates.
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