SpaceX plans rocket launch Thursday to send supplies to ISS

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida. – A milestone for SpaceX is scheduled for Thursday as the company prepares to launch its 25th resupply mission to the International Space Station.

A Falcon 9 rocket rolled out to Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday ahead of launch Thursday at 8:44 p.m.

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The rocket will carry a Dragon spacecraft full of science experiments, supplies and equipment for the ISS crew – more than 5,800 pounds of cargo.

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An experiment examines how desert dust carried through the atmosphere affects the planet’s climate. Another will examine the relationship between human immune function, healing outcomes and aging, to examine new treatment options for elderly and immunocompromised patients.

Tide manufacturer Proctor and Gamble is investigating the development of resource-efficient cleaning products by studying the effectiveness of detergents in space.

Forecasters with Patrick Space Force Station said there was a 30% chance that weather conditions would affect the launch.

After launch, the Falcon 9 rocket’s first-stage booster is expected to land on a droneship in the Atlantic, so there will be no sonic booms for Central Floridians this time.

News 6 will broadcast the launch live when it happens.

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