NASA and SpaceX successfully launch mission to the International Space Station
Tonight, NASA and SpaceX launched the 29th supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from Florida. The cargo, designed for the crew, It consists of around 3 thousand kilos of supplies, computer equipment and, significantly, seeds from a Native American reservation.
The unmanned mission CRS-29 took off from Launch Complex 39A of the Kennedy Space Center, located at Cape Canaveral, in central Florida. The Dragon spacecraft, powered by SpaceX's reusable Falcon 9 rocket, will be responsible for delivering the cargo to the ISS.
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A unique part of this mission is the inclusion of 500 grams of heirloom seeds from the Choctaw Reservation of Oklahoma (CNO), one of the largest in the United States. These seeds include varieties such as pumpkin, peas and corn, and are part of an experiment resulting from the collaboration between the CNONASA's Science Activation Program, and Oklahoma State University's (OSU) Native Earth/Native Sky program.
"Once the seeds return to Earth, they will be planted by local students," the federal agency said.
In addition to the seeds, the payload also contains the ILLUMA-T experiment, a research-phase technology that seeks to improve data communication capabilities on the ISS through laser communications.
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The seeds' journey to space and the students' experiences will be documented in a curriculum," NASA anticipated.
This successful launch represents an important step in the collaboration between NASA and SpaceXand offers unique opportunities for research and technology advancement in space.
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