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SpaceX Launches Another Batch of Supplies to Space Station

On June 03, 2021, SpaceX launches a re-supply mission launching a fresh batch of supplies consisting of thousands of tiny sea creatures along with powerful solar panels to the International Space Station. The launch of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and a Dragon 2 spacecraft were initiated at the Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX, among other supplies, also launched a plaque-fighting toothpaste experiment to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The shipment 7,300 pounds includes supplies for the station’s seven astronauts with a batch of lemons, avocados, cherry tomatoes, and onions expected to arrive Saturday. SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off into the hazy afternoon on Thursday from the Kennedy Space Center with a new first stage booster.

It landed several minutes later after the take-off on an offshore platform facilitating recycling for a NASA flight later this fall.The Dragon cargo capsule launched along with the Falcon 9 was newly branded and used to deliver the first three sets of high-tech next-generation solar panels.   They are designed with a view of enhancing the aging power grid of the space station.

Astronauts of the Space Stations will be conducting two spacewalks later this month, helping install two roll-outs solar panels alongside solar wings installed almost 20 years ago, operating continuously ever since. The Dragon cargo is also delivering salivary samples and oral bacterial samples as a part of an experiment to maintain the healthy teeth and gums of astronauts in space.

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