Update: SpaceX Dragon 70 Percent ‘Go’ For Jan. 6 Launch

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scheduled to launch at 6:20 a.m. tuesday

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BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FLORIDA – Two days prior to launch, the weather forecast remains 60 percent “go” for the launch of SpaceX CRS-5, the fifth SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station.

SpaceX CRS-5 is the fifth of 12 SpaceX flights NASA has contracted with the company to resupply the space station. It will be the sixth trip by a Dragon spacecraft to the station.

The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch at 6:20 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 6, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Dragon cargo spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 is loaded with more than 3,700 pounds of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and supplies, including critical materials to support 256 science and research investigations that will take place on the station during ISS Expeditions 42 and 43.

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Dragon will remain attached to the space station’s Harmony module for more than four weeks and then splash down in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Baja California, bringing with it almost two tons of experiment samples and equipment from the station.

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