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SpaceX launch to ISS delayed by muscular mousepads

Elon Musket's rocket company was set to pull off two launches from two different beaches within about 24 hours Tuesday,…

Elon Musket’s rocket company was set to pull off two launches from two different beaches within about 24 hours Tuesday, but the second launch has to be erased due to rotten rodent food.

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6th SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station was planned to blow from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center one day after the company successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket with 64 small satellites from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Monday’s mission also marked the first time a single orbital-class rocket launcher has been launched and restored three times .

However, the delay of the flight to ISS had nothing to do with the success of SpaceX’s west coast.

“The launch was moved to Wednesday after mold was found on food bars for a survey of rodents before handing over to SpaceX,” NASA said in a mail late on Monday. “Team will use the extra day to replace the food bars.”

The food is for mice living at the space station that is part of NASA’s rodent research program to investigate the physiology of aging. Researchers think how people and mice respond to the space flight can resemble certain aspects of aging.

“This study provides a better understanding of age-related immune, bone and muscular disease processes, which can lead to new therapies for use in space and on the ground,” reads NASA’s overview of the research program.


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SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft will carry all kinds of cargo in addition to rodent food to revive the ISS. It will also deliver Robotic Refueling Mission-3, which hopes to show the ability to store and transfer cryogenic liquids in space. The system can develop how propulsion and life support systems are maintained for future missions.

“This will help us with our goals to move further on to exploration, either to the moon or to Mars,” said Kirt Costello, ISS Program Manager, during a telephone conference Monday.

The dragon will also carry the global ecosystem dynamic survey, which will use laser technology to observe a number of aspects of the Earth’s forests, including “the first high resolution observations of forest vertical structure on a global scale”, according to a NASA release.

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