SpaceX Launches 25th Resupply Mission to International Space Station

Hawthorne-based On Thursday night, SpaceX launched its 25th resupply mission to the International Space Station with roughly three tonnes of supplies, experiments, and equipment.

Officials at the Kennedy Space Center were forecasting a 70% likelihood of acceptable weather as of Wednesday night.

At at 5:45 p.m. California time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida

carrying a Cargo Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station as part of a NASA ongoing resupply contract. 

After the launch, SpaceX landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on a barge floating in the Atlantic Ocean with the designation "A Shortfall of Gravitas".

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The rocket used for the launch on Thursday's first stage has completed four prior missions

The Dragon spacecraft that is transporting the supplies has already made two trips to the International Space Station.

At 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, California time, the Dragon spacecraft is expected to arrive at the space station.

A NASA experiment created at Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is one of the nearly 5,800 pounds of cargo carried by the Dragon

It is intended to monitor atmospheric dust and assess how it might impact the environment and climate.

Over the course of a year, data will be collected by the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation, or EMIT, instrument to determine the chemical makeup of dust all over the world.

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