Space.com described the launch and mission as follows, “Another Dragon is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). SpaceX launched its 27th contracted cargo mission for NASA on Tuesday (March 14), sending a robotic Dragon capsule aloft from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 GMT on March 15).
If all goes according to plan, the Dragon will arrive at the ISS on Thursday (March 16) at 7:52 a.m. EDT (1152 GMT). You can watch that rendezvous live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA.
The newly launched mission, known as CRS-27, was the the third for this particular Dragon capsule and the seventh for the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that carried it to orbit.
That booster will likely fly again: It came down for a pinpoint touchdown on the SpaceX drone ship A Shortfall of Gravitas about seven minutes and 45 seconds after liftoff on Tuesday.
The landing was a historic one for the company, and for spaceflight in general.
‘In an industry that has historically been male-dominated, today’s recovery operations are being managed by an all-female crew,” SpaceX engineer Zachary Luppen said during the CRS-27 launch webcast. “In fact, we believe it to be the first all-female crew for any kind of operation like this, and if it’s not the first, then we’re in great company.'”
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