SpaceX has launched a Dragon cargo capsule to orbit on 04 May 2019, to International Space Station. This mission was the 17th routine launch of SpaceX for NASA since 2012. Cargo Dragon spacecraft was carrying 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of supplies for the astronauts on the ISS as part of the CRS-17 mission.
1. Space X’s Dragon was also carrying some special items in a trunk which is a cylindrical structure that rides attached to the capsule during flight, providing support and power.
2. When Dragon cargo will reach ISS, the robotic arm will place OCO-3 on the outside of the space station, where the instrument will help scientists learn how carbon dioxide fluctuates all over the world.
3. The spacecraft will remain at the space station for about four weeks before returning to Earth with more than 1,900 kg of research and return cargo.
4. It is experiments from NASA called OCO-3, which will help the space agency measure the Earth’s carbon dioxide levels.
The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 2.48 A.M. Eastern time today, Friday, May 4. On board was an uncrewed Cargo Dragon spacecraft carrying 2,500 kilograms (5,500 pounds) of supplies for the astronauts on the ISS as part of the CRS-17 mission.
About eight minutes after launch, the first stage of the rocket landed successfully on the drone ship several miles out in the Atlantic Ocean. The launch had been delayed from Thursday, May 3 after an electrical issue with the drone ship.