Hi Students! I am with hopes that you read the information provided on the last blog post and you have a basic foundation on the upcoming CRS-10 Launch. In just the past week, there has been so much new information regarding this launch so I wanted to share it with you.
A few days ago the Falcon9 rocket was launched onto LaunchPad 39A. After the roll out it conducted a static test firing. It is tested while still strapped down to the launch pad. This is the first time there were flames burning on that historic site for several years!
Here is an article about the static test: Static Test article
Now reading about the test is cool, but watching it is much cooler! Check out the video below:
Besides the amazing aspects of the launch, it's important to understand the mission of the launch. We learned that it is delivering cargo to the ISS. However, that is not all! Watch the NASA video to learn about SAGEIII:
Finally, some of you may remember that this launch was supposed to happen already. Here is an article that explains why the date changed: Date Change article
This blog post provided you with a variety of different information related to CRS-10. You learned about the date change, the launch and landing, and the SAGEIII mission. With all those different components, it's easy to understand how thousands of individuals are involved in any one mission and how countless things can be learned from this mission.
When I attend the SMAP Launch in January of 2015, we met (now former) Director of NASA, Charlie Bolden. (Feel free to see that blog post with the related video and information.) One of the most important things I took away from meeting him was how he explained that NASA missions are not just to learn more about outer space, but to learn more about planet Earth. Think of all the things we will learn about Earth, about human progress, and ways to make things better for us on this planet just from this mission. Go through the sources on this post to think of something we can learn from this mission that will effect life on Earth, not just about how it will help people on the ISS. I hope every student can identify something different, and will refer to the sources as they do so. Also, feel free to ask more questions along with your observation. I'm hoping we can answer as many questions as possible while there!