SpaceX Dragon’s last refueling spacecraft was on its way to the International Space Station after its 1:29 p.m. launch. EDT arrived Thursday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying more than 7,300 pounds of science experiments, new solar panels and other cargo. The
spacecraft was launched from Kennedy’s 39A launch pad using a Falcon 9 rocket. It is scheduled to automatically dock at the space station around 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, and remain on the space station for about a month. Arrival reports will begin at 3:30 am on NASA TV, the agency website, and the NASA app. The 22nd refueling mission of the
SpaceX contract will deliver the new International Space Station to the space station located in the trunk of the Dragon spacecraft to launch the solar array (iROSA). After Dragon docks on the Harmony module of the space station, the robot Canadaarm2 will extract the array, and astronauts will install them during the spacewalk scheduled for June 16-20. The scientific experiments provided by
Dragon to the space station include:
Symbiosis Squid and Microbes
Understanding Microgravity in Animal Microbial Interaction (UMAMI) The study uses squid and bacteria to examine the effects of space flight on the interaction between beneficial microbes and their animal hosts. This type of relationship is called a symbiotic relationship. Beneficial microorganisms play an important role in the normal development of animal tissues and the maintenance of human health, but the role of gravity in shaping these interactions is unclear. The experiment can support the development of measures to protect the health of astronauts, and determine methods to protect and improve these relationships for application on Earth.
Produces stronger cotton
Cotton is used in many products, but its production uses a lot of water and agricultural chemicals. The focus of Onorbit Cultivation
(TICTOC) research aimed at improving cotton is to improve the elasticity, water use and carbon storage of cotton. In soil, root growth depends on gravity. TICTOC can help determine which environmental factors and genes control root development in microgravity. Scientists can use what they have learned to develop cotton varieties that require less water and pesticides.
The water bear enters space
Animals that arrive late are called water bears because of their appearance when viewed under a microscope, they are creatures that can tolerate extreme environments. The Cell Science04 experiment aims to identify genes related to the adaptation and survival of water bears in these high-stress environments. The results may promote scientists’ understanding of stressors that affect humans in space.
Onthespot Ultrasonic
Butterfly IQ handheld commercial ultrasonic equipment can provide critical medical capabilities for crew members on long-duration spaceflight. In this case, ground support cannot be provided immediately. This research will demonstrate the use of ultrasonic devices with mobile computing devices in a microgravity environment. Their results have potential applications in healthcare in remote and isolated environments far from the earth.
Development of better robot drivers
A study by ESA (European Space Agency) Pilote tested the effectiveness of remotely operating robotic arms and spacecraft using virtual reality and tactile interfaces. Pilote researches new and existing technologies in the field of microgravity by comparing the recently developed remote control operation technology with the technology used to drive the Canada Boom 2 and Soyuz spacecraft. The study also compared the performance of astronauts when using the interface during ground and space flight. The results can help optimize workstations on the space station and future spacecraft for lunar and Mars missions.
Additional power supply
The new solar panels leading to the station are composed of compact parts that are spread out like long carpets. The International Space Station Deployable Solar Panel (iROSA) is based on a previous demonstration of deployable solar panels manufactured on the space station. They are expected to provide more usable energy for station research and activities. NASA plans a total of six new arrangements to increase the station’s power supply, with the first pair being launched during this flight. Expedition 65 crew plans to begin spacewalk preparations this summer to supplement the existing rigid panels of the space station. The same solar panel technology plans to power NASA’s gateway, which is part of the Artemis plan.
These are just a few of the hundreds of surveys currently conducted in the orbital laboratory in the fields of biology and biotechnology, physical sciences, and earth and space sciences. Advances in these areas will help maintain the health of astronauts during long-term space travel, and through NASA’s Artemis program to demonstrate future human and robot exploration technologies from low Earth orbits to the moon and Mars.

By Peter

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