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[b]SpaceX CRS-24 Mission Overview[/b]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the CRS-24 Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA.
The fourth flight under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services-2 contract with SpaceX, the CRS-24 Dragon will carry research, logistics and hardware for the Expedition 66/67 crew including: [list][*]Bioprint FirstAid, a technology demonstration of a portable, handheld bioprinter that uses a patient’s own skin cells to create a tissue-forming patch that can cover a wound and accelerate the healing process.
[*]Monoclonal Antibody Crystallization, an analysis of protein crystals to learn how biological molecules are arranged and how they work in the body. This study continues work on crystallizing a monoclonal antibody developed by Merck Research Labs that is the active ingredient in a drug that targets multiple cancers.
[*]MVP Plant-01, a study profiling and monitoring the development of the shoots and roots of plants in microgravity to help scientists understand the mechanisms by which plants sense and adapt to changes in their environment.
[*]Host Pathogen, an assessment of space-induced changes in immune status by culturing cells collected from crew members before, during and after spaceflight with both bacteria grown under simulated spaceflight conditions and unaltered bacteria.
[*]PGTIDE, a study of the performance of Tide Infinity detergent, its stain removal ingredients and the formulation’s stability in microgravity.[/list]
The Falcon 9 first stage booster (B1069) supporting this mission is making its first launch. Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to recover the rocket's first stage on the autonomous drone ship "Just Read the Instructions" in the Atlantic Ocean.
The CRS-24 Dragon previously supported SpaceX's 22nd resupply services mission. The CRS-24 Dragon will return to Earth with research and cargo after spending about four weeks at the space station.
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