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CRS-2 Mission
"SpaceX CRS-2 Mission"
by luca (275 pt)
2013-Mar-01 16:43

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"In December 2008, NASA announced that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft had been selected to resupply the space station after the end of the space shuttle program in 2011. Under the CRS contract, SpaceX is restoring an American capability to deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including science experiments, to and from the orbiting laboratory.

Dragon will be filled with about 1,200 pounds of supplies, including critical materials to support the 160 investigations –
50 of which are new – planned for the station’s Expedition 34 crew. Dragon will return with about 2,300 pounds of cargo, which includes
crew supplies, scientific materials ( including results from human research ), biotechnology, materials and education experiments, as well as space station hardware.