SpaceX cargo launch kicks off busy month for International Space Station

Pablo Tucker
December 6, 2019

SpaceX launched a 3-ton cargo payload to the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday, which included barley grains for a beer experiment, mice for muscle-building research and a robot created to show empathy.

NASA and SpaceX are both expected to broadcast the launch live, with coverage SpaceX to start about 15 minutes before lift-off.


A cargo ship with more than 5,700 pounds of supplies is on its way to the International Space Station. The winds at the upper level of the atmosphere were above the acceptable level for a safe launch, and the seas near the ship of drones parked on the high seas, of course, I still love you, were too agitated to ensure that the first rocket stage could make a stable landing. SpaceX employees in Southern California cheered when the booster landed, and again a few minutes later when the capsule reached orbit. After releasing the capsule, Elon Musk's SpaceX plans a six-hour cruise of the Falcon's second stage to collect data on thermal conditions and other metrics. Eight of them, they are calling "mighty mice", according to the AP. This therapy could one day help astronauts stay fit on lengthy space trips, said Lee and Dr. Emily Germain-Lee of Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit.


In addition, there are barley grains aboard the Dragon for a beer-malting experiment by Anheuser-Busch.

The Dragon capsule that carried the cargo previously flew on SpaceX's CRS-6 and CRS-11 missions. "The relationship between an astronaut and CIMON is really important", Matthias Biniok, the lead architect for CIMON 2, told Reuters.


Engineers have said CIMON's concept was inspired by a 1940s science fiction comic series set in space, where a sentient, brain-shaped robot named Professor Simon mentors an astronaut named Captain Future. It will splash into the Pacific Ocean carrying gear and scientific samples when it returns to Earth, Space.com reported.

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