SpaceX’s 24th Cargo Launch to International Space Station Set for December From Launch Complex 39A
By NASA // November 20, 2021
humans have occupied the ISS continuously since November 2000
(NASA) – SpaceX’s 24th cargo resupply mission for NASA to the International Space Station will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket in December from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The cargo Dragon will deliver a variety of investigations to the space station, including a protein crystal growth study that could improve the delivery of cancer treatment drugs.
A handheld bioprinter that will test technology that could one day be used to print tissue directly on wounds to accelerate healing.
Experiments from students at several universities as part of the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS) program and an investigation from the makers of Tide that examines detergent efficacy in microgravity.
Cargo resupply by U.S. companies significantly increases NASA’s ability to conduct more investigations aboard the orbiting laboratory. Those investigations lead to new technologies, medical treatments, and products that improve life on Earth.
Other U.S. government agencies, private industry, and academic and research institutions can also conduct microgravity research through our partnership with the ISS National Laboratory.
Humans have occupied the space station continuously since November 2000. In that time, 249 people and a variety of international and commercial spacecraft have visited the orbital outpost.
It remains the springboard to NASA’s next great leap in exploration, including future missions to the Moon under Artemis and eventually Mars.
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