SpaceX launch carries solar arrays and Moon microscope,’ ‘space tomato’ experiments

Wishma TV:As part of SpaceX’s 26th commercial mission for NASA to resupply the International Space Station, the company launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon spacecraft full of scientific experiments, supplies for the crew, and other equipment. 

As part of NASA’s 26th commercial resupply mission, SpaceX successfully carried almost 3,500 kilos of scientific experiments, crew supplies, and other cargo to the International Space Station.

On November 26 at 2:20 p.m. EST, a Falcon 9 rocket from the corporation successfully launched the Dragon spacecraft. On November 27 at 12:50 a.m. IST

On Sunday, November 27, at approximately 7.30 AM EST (6 PM IST), SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is slated to connect autonomously with the space station.

At 4.30 p.m. IST on November 27, NASA will begin streaming the automated docking procedure on its app, website, and YouTube.

The spacecraft is conducting a variety of scientific missions, among which are mentioned below.

Telescope on the Moon : The “Moon Microscope” is a piece of medical diagnostic equipment consisting of a hand-held microscope and a self-contained blood sample device designed

for use in-flight. Astronauts can use the kit to connect and stain a blood sample,then send photos of it back to Earth, where medical professionals can use them to make diagnoses and prescribe treatments.

PSLV-C54 lifts off from Sriharikota with an earth observation satellite and two co-passengers. 

This diagnostic tool is intended to provide scientists and researchers on Mars and the Moon access to cutting-edge diagnostic tools. To check for dangerous substances in food and water, it can be used tooon Mars and the Moon access to cutting-edge diagnostic tools.

To check for dangerous substances in food and water, it can be used too. NASA said the equipment could be used to improve health checks on the Artemis expedition.

More photovoltaic cells: Two International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSA) were delivered to the ISS on SpaceX’s 22nd commercial resupply mission in 2021. Adding these panels,

which can be rolled out using kinetic energy, increased the space station’s capacity to generate electricity. NASA says it plans to increase the space station’s power generation by 20–30%, and the 26th commercial resupply mission will bring a second set of iROSA to help with that.

Celestial tomatoes:At the moment, astronauts have to rely on prepackaged, Earth-made food to sustain them during their missions. However, in the future, this might be complemented with fresh foods that are generated in space.

Many varieties of leafy greens have been grown successfully in the “Veggie” plant growing unit, which has been under testing for some time.

The Veg-05 experiment, which was part of SpaceX’s most recent mission, is the next step in this project. Its goal is to grow dwarf tomatoes in microgravity. 

Additional Tests: Other experiments on board the spacecraft include BioNutrients-2, which tests a system for producing important nutrients from yoghurt and other products; “Falcon Goggles,”

which will help understand the effect of different gravities on the eyes; and a system that will use “extrusion,” using liquid resin to create shapes and structures that can’t be made on Earth.

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