NASA to Launch SpaceX CRS-6 Monday Afternoon

posted: 04/10/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off with the ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites on March 1, 2015.

NASA is set to launch its sixth SpaceX resupply mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Monday afternoon. The agency predicts a 60% chance of suitable conditions for the first scheduled launch window at 4:33 P.M. EDT. NASA TV will provide live coverage of the launch starting at 3:30 P.M. EDT on Monday.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with the Dragon spacecraft, which will transport important supplies to the International Space Station that will support 40 of the orbiting lab's research investigations. This mission will resupply research pertaining to vision changes suffered by astronauts, microgravity-induced bone cell damage and the synthetic muscle tissue for robotic applications.

Dragon will return in five weeks with a 3,000-pound payload of crew supplies, hardware, science experiments and trash. NASA will retrieve the spacecraft after a parachute-assisted splashdown off of the California coast.

Click here to visit NASA's SpaceX blog


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