Weather forecast shows conditions 30% favorable for SpaceX rocket launch on Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center


By NASA // December 20, 2021

scheduled to launch at 5:06 a.m. EST on Tuesday, December 21

ESA astronaut Alex Gerst uses a microscope with the Automated Bioproducts Lab Camera to document a MicroG map of protein crystal growth (PCG). The photo was taken in the U.S. Destiny Laboratory on board the International Space Station for the crystallization of LRRK2 under microgravity-2 conditions. (photo by NASA)

(NASA) – SpaceX is targeting 5:06 a.m. EST on Tuesday, December 21, for the launch of its Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch team could face difficult weather forecasts, according to the 45th Weather Squadron.

The latest weather report shows that conditions are only 30% favorable for Tuesday’s launch.

“Less than favorable conditions are expected for the main launch window early Tuesday morning, the main concerns associated with this weather being the cumulus rule, the thick cloud layer rule and the surface electric field rule,” he said. the 45th Weather Squadron said in a released statement.

The flight will be SpaceX’s 24th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the in-orbit lab.

Experiments aboard the launch include investigations into bioprinting, crystallization of monoclonal antibody processing alloys, and garment bleaching in space.

Others will study changes in immune function and gene expression in plants in microgravity. The resupply mission will also bring student citizen science projects to the station.

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will also transport supplies and crew equipment to the orbiting lab to support the Expedition 66 crew.

In November, the International Space Station surpassed its milestone of 21 years of continuous human presence, providing unique research and technological demonstration opportunities that help prepare long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars and also improve life on Earth. .

During that time, 249 people from 19 countries visited the orbiting laboratory, which hosted nearly 3,000 research studies conducted by researchers from 108 countries and territories.



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