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The Dragon has also been tasked with bringing cargo back to Earth when it leaves the space station in May, The Verge noted.

The Dragon spacecraft that launched today also flew cargo to the ISS in April 2016, and the Falcon 9's first stage launched on the CRS-12 mission in August 2017.

SpaceX does not plan to attempt a full recovery of the Falcon 9. This is SpaceX's 14th supply mission for NASA.

In conclusion, during the 14th mission SpaceX is handling for NASA, a pre-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has launched on Monday afternoon carrying 2,600 kg of foods and equipment to replenish the International Space Station resources.

"Reusability is really important for the future of spaceflight", she said.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Norishige Kanai and NASA's Scott Tingle will use the space station's robotic arm to capture Dragon after its scheduled arrival at the station on Wednesday.

Scientists say it will showcase technologies that could be used to clean up an estimated 7,600 tonnes of junk orbiting the Earth, ranging from old spacecraft to flecks of paint. After the spacecraft has been captured, NASA TV will resume live coverage of its installation in the Harmony module at 8:30 a.m. EDT (1230 GMT). It will splash down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California, Mexico, with about 3,900 lbs. It will stay at the ISS until May when Expedition 56 will send it back to Earth.

The Dragon is scheduled to berth with the station early April 4 and remain at the station for a month. These include experiments on severe thunderstorms in Earth's atmosphere, how particular materials and pathogens react in space, new ways to develop drugs, and ideal environments for growing crops in space. The experiment, called the Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (Veggie PONDS), will test a machine that gives nutrients to lettuce and mizuna greens for harvest and consumption in orbit. "They have been observed for a while, from mountaintops, for example, and there have been a few satellites also". It will carry supplies to NASA's International Space Station, located 250 miles above Earth.


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