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Watch SpaceX Launch Lots of Ice Cream to NASA Astronauts Today

17 August 2017

The goal is to test the computer for one year to see if it can operate in the harsh conditions of space, about the same amount of time as it would take for astronauts to arrive at Mars.

The Falcon 9 rocket's first stage successfully detached and, about six minutes in, began a re-entry burn that lasted about 20 seconds before the 156-foot-tall vehicle landed vertically. If Kestrel Eye works as advertised, the Army could launch dozens of similar satellites to create a network of small, low-priced imaging satellites to support warfighting operations. It will be installed on the station's Harmony module, according to NASA. Dragon met up with the ISS early Wednesday morning, roughly 36 hours after launching from Kennedy Space Center aboard a Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral this afternoon to send a Dragon capsule full of cargo to the International Space Station. Newly arrived USA spaceman Randolph Bresnik turns 50 next month. ISS CREAM is kind of like a balloon that measures cosmic rays in space, far above the interference of Earth's atmosphere.

The space company said that the rocket after the launch will try to make a controlled landing back on the ground in an effort to check whether the company can reuse rocket components after each take-off.

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Another experiment on board is created to help scientists study Parkinson's disease in greater detail in the hopes of finding better treatments for this degenerative disease. This includes equipment that'll be used to grow a protein believed to be the greatest genetic contributor to Parkinson's disease, which is too small to study in Earth-grown versions. Asked when NASA would be ready to use one, Hartman said the agency is close to making that decision, but it will not be the next SpaceX cargo launch.

SpaceX Falcon 9 the evening before the launch. SpaceX has been ramping up its launch cadence this year but has been on a hiatus for the majority of July.

After standing down for a month due to Air Force maintenance on the launch range along the US East Coast, SpaceX will attempt to return to flight on Monday. Its cute name might also have something to do with today's special delivery, of actual ice cream.

NASA also has partnered with SpaceX and Boeing to build systems to take crews to and from ISS.

Watch SpaceX Launch Lots of Ice Cream to NASA Astronauts Today