LOS ANGELES, November 28 (Xinhua) – The US private spaceflight company, SpaceX, is scheduled to launch its 16th commercial marketing mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 4, NASA said Wednesday.
The Falcon 9 rocket will be launched from the 40th Space Launch Complex at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, carrying a cargo of Dragon spacecraft loaded with supplies and equipment for scientific research from crew members in orbiting laboratories.
Investigations on these flights include testing robot technology for spacecraft refueling, projects to map the world's forests and two student studies inspired by Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" series.
After about a month connected with the space station, Dragon will return with the results of previous experiments, falling in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, NASA said.
ISS is a convergence of science, technology, and human innovation that shows new technology and enables research to be impossible on Earth. The space station has been occupied continuously since November 2000. This remains a springboard for NASA's big leap in exploration, including future missions to the moon and finally to Mars.