Dragon capsule launches on SpaceX's 25th cargo mission to the space station

The uncrewed Dragon is scheduled to dock with the space station on Saturday morning (July 16).

This evening (July 14), a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, sending a robotic Dragon resupply vehicle in the direction of the ISS.

The CRS-25 mission launched tonight from KSC's Launch Complex 39A at 8:44 p.m. EDT (00:44 GMT on July 15). 2.5 minutes into the flight of the Falcon 9, the two stages split apart

 The main booster of the rocket started its return to Earth while the second stage of the rocket launched Dragon into orbit

About 7.5 minutes after launch, the main booster made a successful landing in the Atlantic Ocean on SpaceX's A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship.

The following day and a half will be used by the Dragon to catch up to the ISS.

On Saturday morning, the cargo capsule is planned to dock with the orbiting lab about 11:20 a.m. EDT 

a month ago, CRS-25 was supposed to launch, but the launch was postponed when significant levels of hydrazine vapour were found in a portion of Dragon's propulsion system during fuelling operations

The fuel used by Dragon's Draco thrusters, hydrazine, is extremely corrosive to parts not made to work with it.

Due to their careful approach, NASA and SpaceX thoroughly examined the vehicle once the vapour was discovered, ultimately delaying the launch three times over several weeks.

Apples, oranges, cherry tomatoes, some onion, baby carrots, garlic, tahini, cheese, and dry sausage are among the items we're sending up, according to Weigel.

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