(ORDO NEWS) — SpaceX‘s CRS-26 mission was launched to the ISS on Saturday by a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39-A.
The Dragon spacecraft’s cargo included not only food and supplies, but also scientific experiments, including research that will allow the ISS crew to grow dwarf tomatoes as part of NASA‘s plans to support long-term human spaceflight needs.
The flight also featured several student experiments, including three payloads supported by nonprofit SpaceKids Global and the Girl Scout Council.
The first-stage booster has landed on a SpaceX drone in the Atlantic Ocean. This is the 153rd time that SpaceX has managed to recover a booster since the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches.
The launch supports Space Coast’s record pace. This year, there have been an average of more than one launch per week from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral.
The lion’s share of them was made by SpaceX using Falcon 9 rockets. They launched Starlink Internet satellites, as well as launched Crew Dragon missions and private Axiom-1 missions.
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