SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-26Nov 26, 2022 02:20 PM Launch Complex 39A • Kennedy Space Center
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will send a Dragon spacecraft with new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the International Space Station (ISS) crew. One of the payloads aboard the cargo flight is 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.
SpaceX's Dragon also will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew, including the next set of International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs). It will also carry a study which will grow dwarf tomatoes as part of efforts to create continuous fresh-food production system in space, and an experiment that tests an on-demand method to create specific quantities of key nutrients.
The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The flight is the 26th mission by SpaceX conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.
Hear the roar of the Falcon 9 rocket from one of the following launch viewing locations:
ROCKET LAUNCH: November 26, 2022 | SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-26
Banana Creek Launch Viewing Area
- Approximately 6.2 miles / 10 kilometers from the launch pad
- Included with valid daily admission
- Viewing area opens at 11:30 AM
- Accessible via the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour on a first come basis
- Launch video, audio and communicator commentary available
Atlantis North Lawn
Located to the left when approaching Space Shuttle Atlantis®
- See the rocket once it clears the tree line
- Approximately 7.5 miles / 12 kilometers from the launch pad
- Viewing area opens at 12:30 PM
- Included with admission to visitor complex
- Launch audio, video, and communicator commentary available