We continue to march towards a SpX-6 Prime unberth date of May 21st (RTP ~ 26 hrs).This means that the NATO samples will be at JSC of Houston ( Texas, USA) May 26th.
SpaceX-6 Return – May 21, 2015
May 21: Splashdown at 16:49 GMT/9:49 am PDT
May 22: Boat arrives at the dock in CA around 12:49 pm PDT (27 hrs)
May 22: Cold Stowage arrives at Long Beach airport around TBD pm PDT
May 23: Plane arrives at Ellington Field
May 26: Distribution of samples begins at JSC Cold Stowage lab
We are ready to receive the samples and start with all the post flight analysis.
By the way, during the preparation of our experiment at KSC in Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA), we got to know Joseph Tiberi a student of the school called Lakewood High School in Colorado. Joseph and his team, in association with NASA, developed a project designed to grow a plant in zero gravity. It is called the Hydrofuge project. It was sent up to the ISS on SpaceX 6 with NanoRacks for 120 days of zero gravity testing. The main design features that they are testing include the 80 degree angle in the chamber, designed to help control water, and the centrifuge, designed to spin the plant and remove the water clinging to the roots.
Here are some of his photos which are interesting! Thanks Joseph!
Here it is just after one week in microgravity!
Countdown blocked at T- 03.07 because of weatherNext launch opportunity is tomorrow 4/14 at 4:10pm EDT.
Falcon 9 and Dragon are vertical on the launch pad in advance of today’s CRS-6 launch, targeted for 4:33pm EDT. Live launch webcast beginning at 4:15pm EDT.
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Monday at 20:33 EDT (2:33 Italian time) the SpaceX Dragon capsule will depart from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral with the carrier Falcon 9.
Aboard Dragon, one of the ten italian projects selected by the Italian Space for the FUTURA mission of Samantha Cristoforetti: NATO project!!!
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