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[b]SpaceX CRS-26 Mission Overview[/b]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the CRS-26 Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station for NASA.
The sixth flight under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services-2 contract with SpaceX, the CRS-26 Dragon will carry research, logistics and hardware for the Expedition 68 crew including: [list][*]The Moon Microscope kit for in-flight medical diagnosis that includes a portable handheld microscope and a small self-contained blood sample staining device. This will allow astronauts to collect and stain a blood sample, obtain images with the microscope, and transmit images to the ground, where flight surgeons will use them to diagnose illnesses and prescribe treatments.
[*]The next set of International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs).
[*]The Veg-05 study, which will grow dwarf tomatoes as part of efforts to create a continuous fresh-food production system in space.
[*]The BioNutrients-2 experiment, which tests an on-demand method to create specific quantities of key nutrients.
[*]The Extrusion study, sponsored by the ISS National Laboratory, which demonstrates a technology using liquid resin to create geometries that cannot be created on Earth. The capability for large-scale construction in space could enable an array of structures such as space stations, solar arrays, and equipment.[/list]
The Falcon 9 first stage booster (B1076) supporting this mission is making its first flight. Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to recover the rocket's first stage on an autonomous drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
The CRS-26 Dragon is also new. It will return to Earth with research and cargo after spending about four weeks at the space station.
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