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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CRS-10 Launch date is approaching!


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:


As if I wasn't already excited about the launch, I learned that SpaceX will once again land their rocket! (Not the entire rocket, just one stage of it!) (You may want to zoom in on the image below.) SpaceX has successfully recovered 5 rockets thus far, so this launch could make for number six!



If that image alone doesn't show you what an amazing feat it is to land a rocket, check out the video of the first landing by National Geographic: 



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:

Besides the video, you can learn more about SAGEIII from the NASA website here: 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!

30 comments:

  1. There are many things that can be learned about Earth from this mission. One thing is about the ozone layer. The ozone layer is the part of the Earth's stratosphere that absorbs ultraviolet radiation. However, the ozone levels have been dropping for the past few decades. This is dangerous because UV rays can reach Earth, which would be very bad for Earth's population. The SAGE III mission's purpose is to study the ozone layer. The Sage III article states, "The SAGE family of instruments was pivotal in making accurate measurements of the amount of ozone loss in Earth's atmosphere" ("Sage..."). These missions are there to help us learn how much of the ozone layer is being depleted, and how we can stop this. Another thing we can learn is to not give up. Humans have greatly progressed in science within the last few decades, and we can do more. It is important to learn that we can achieve anything. People at NASA talk about inhabiting Mars, which was never even considered before. The advancements we have made in technology proves that we can explore beyond Mars; we can discover new things in the whole universe. I believe that 50-100 years from now, it is possible that scientists and astronauts will be trying to reach Jupiter, and Saturn, and explore the whole galaxy. This will all be because of these past missions, which have given us courage to pursue further in the exploration of space.

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    1. I agree! This mission is a very important one due to the many scientific advances that we can make from it. The ozone layer, if you think about it is what keeps us alive. It retains in the heat produced by the rays of sun shining down on earth. If we didn't have an ozone layer, we would freeze! This is not the only reason why this mission is important, as Nidhi also said. This mission enables us to think about expanding beyond earth, onto other planets. Before any of these missions, we barely knew about other objects that floated around in earth. Now, we know much more about the foreign objects in the universe. These are not the only things that we can learn from this mission, there is much more!

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    2. I also support your points, but I feel that the biggest benefit of this missions is that it will help improve our technology (as I mentioned in my response). Also Nidhi, the ending of your response reinforces my thoughts that human technology is improving so rapidly. It makes me think about the Hyperloop - you've probably, already heard about it, but it is one of the most facinating things ever to me! The idea of practical public transportation that travels twice as fast as typical airplanes is insane. I want to point out that airplanes were only invented in 1903, and within about a hundred years, or a few generations, we almost have land transportation that is vastly more efficient, safer, and "cooler". Considering that you and I have been alive for about 15 years, 100 years is not too long ago at all.

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  2. As shown in the video "SpaceX Makes History | MARS" and the diagram on the blog, the SpaceX team was able to successfully land a stage of their rocket. This amazing feat is unprecedented, so it is clear that SpaceX is making history. Just fifty short years ago, none of these complicated maneuvers would have been fathomable because our technology simply was not capable enough. Companies like SpaceX have pushed our technology past its constraints over the course of the past few years. In my opinion, although space expeditions such as this current one may have specific benefits like helping solve the ozone layer issue, it is important to look at the large-scale benefits of these expeditions - these missions are furthering the human race's technology. With every mission, certain drawbacks of our current technology are exposed, and we solve these issues and try again. If we as a society continue on this path of rapid technological advancement, I believe that Elon Musk's dream of inhabiting Mars will become a reality within a few decades. In summation, I believe that the greatest benefit from the CR-10 launch is that this launch, along with all other launches, is helping us identify the drawbacks of our technology and improve upon it, so that every day we are one step closer to achieving the seemingly impossible.

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    1. To help clarify my thoughts, a strong example of the idea that every technological mission allows for future improvement is the invention of the airplane. As most of us probably know, the Wright brothers produced the first airplane. However, it took them countless attempts. With every failed attempt, they took their mistakes, fixed them, and tried again. This process continued until eventually their plane worked, after which they still continued to improve! This applies to the topic of space exploration in the sense that after every mission, engineers are working hard to identify and solve any possible mistakes. In this sense, our technology is improving with every expedition.

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  3. To tag along with what Nidhi said, we can learn more and more about planet earth from these missions. One of the many things we can learn about is the ozone layer. The ozone layer traps in the heat from the sun and keeps us warm. In Sage III on ISS, it states, "The Sage III instrument is used to study ozone, a gas found in the upper atmosphere that acts as Earth's sunscreen. More than 25 years ago, scientists realized there was a problem with Earth's thin, protective coat of ozone...it was thinning". The Earth's protective layer is thinning, and if we don't fix it, there will be many problems that will arise. Also, the idea of expanding beyond Earth intrigues many. They are fascinated by the idea of living somewhere other than earth. With this and other missions, we will be able to improve our knowledge on Mars and other planets. This way, we will be able to know more about the universe in which we live in. Who knows where we will be in a few years from now? With missions like these, we are bound to be somewhere great in the distance future. And who knows? Some of us may even be conducting life changing missions such as this!

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  4. As shown in the "SpaceX Makes History" video, the first section of the rocket makes a successful landing back on Earth. While this is just a non-maned probe landing on Earth, this still paves the way for other ships to land on Mars, quite possibly with a manned probe, and as mentioned in the video, this would undoubtedly be the single greatest accomplishment in human history. This would not only increase the level of technology on Earth, but it would also create another self-sustaining society on another planet.

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  5. This space launch is going to help both the international space station and the earth. Between the ozone layer evaluation and the new technology that has been produced in order to control the rocket and launch will propell us into a new era of technology. This new technology will help the earth create new advancements in recreational technology and military technology. These new advancements will also hopefully help us be able to improve the environmental status of the world. Also this launch will bring profit to he economy. Overall this launch is going to really improve many of the technology's we have today.

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  6. To build upon Bhavya's response, this SpaceX launch will result in much more technological advance than just in the space industry. Elon Musk receives major profits from SpaceX, which is all reinvested into SpaceX and Tesla Motors, another company owned by Elon Musk. Musk has received over 4 billion dollars in revenue from SpaceX contracts alone, and with many of it being put back into his businesses, SpaceX rockets and Tesla electric cars are improved. When these electric cars from Tesla are improved, all of their improvements are shared with the world and as a result, other companies use them to improve their cars. This will not only help our environment with more electric cars, but it will also bring in more money to our economy. So, indirectly, this SpaceX launch helps our environment as well as our overall economy.
    -Suneet A5

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  7. The SpaceX will contribute in creating opportunities. With new knowledge and technology, we will learn new information about other planets which we can then implement to learning more about Earth. The launch of SAGE II and III will help learn about the ozone layers. In today's world, there are so many ways in which humans are polluting the environment and damaging not just the land but also it's surroundings. The ozone layers are deteriorating due to this pollution. By learning things about the ozone layers, we can find more specific causes to the reason of the destruction towards the ozone layers. These layers are protecting us, and indirectly, learning about the ozone layers will cause us as humans to more forcefully and strictly improve pollution. The launch of SpaceX and SAGE II and III will be beneficial to our societal knowledge as a whole.
    Sanjana 3B

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  8. Evonne Iman
    B5

    The SpaceX will continue in making the future of the world much much better. As pollution and greenhouse gases continue to build up, our ozone layer is disappearing and causing many places throughout the world to become overly heated. This does a lot of harm to the animals and people on Earth, and at this rate, Earth's end may be closer than it seems. But with the launch of SAGE 2, it is possible for us to learn much more about the ozone later, and try to implement solutions to help the deterioration of the ozone layer slow down. Wouldn't it be amazing if sometime in the future we figured out how to make an artificial ozone layer? Either way, it is important to continue encouraging the world to stop polluting and keep out world healthy. I am looking forward to the results that SAGE II and SpaceX will bring.

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    1. I most definitely agree with you Evonne. The SpaceX and SAGE II show promise in the future. Through these various space shuttles, more knowledge can be obtained resulting in more advanced astronomical thinking and understanding. Also, by watching the video on how the space shuttles land reminded of how much pollution and has the space shuttles release when they launch. By trying out different space shuttles like these, a day may come where space shuttles do not release as much pollution or maybe none at all. People learn from past failures or successes so I am convinced that these two space shuttles will lead the way into the future.

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  10. Following up Sanjana,the SpaceX will most definitely create new opportunities with the newly founded knowledge and technology. Additionally, I agree how the launch of Sage II and III can positiviely help us with the issues we have come across about the ozone layers. Pollution is damaging the earth as well as the ozone layers themselves. Without the help from the ozone layers, how else can we be protected? Moreover, our knowledge of other planets and space is greatly improving. With these launches, we can gather necessary information about planets and space as a whole. Overall, the SpaceX most definitely has a positive affect on the world.
    -Lexi Robinson, B5

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    1. I didn't think of this aspect before but I certainly agree with you Lexi. Pollution is one of the factors that negatively impact the ozone layers and this needs to change because the ozone layers protects us. Since we are improving, the SpaceX launch is one of the many steps we have been taking toward advancing more and more.

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  11. Watching these videos have taught me a lot about space and the problems that plague the universe. Not only did I witness an eye catching video about Sage II and Sage III but I learned about space as a whole. I definitely think that the new discoveries in space will impact our world in more ways then just space. By learning about specific concepts pertaining to space, the ozone layer stood out in particular. I way surprised by how quickly the ozone layer was dwindling to no more than a few pieces. I think that we can stop the ozone layer from diminishing by controlling the after effects of pollution and keeping greenhouse gases to a minimum. With this new and innovative knowledge we can apply this same knowledge to daily issues. For instance the knowledge of how space shuttles work can answer our doubts on how the planets revolve . All in all, many things can be learned from the space shuttles and can be applied to daily life.

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  12. Devina Jain B5
    Space exploration is beneficial to everyone, not just those in the field of astronomy. For example, the healthcare industry can also benefit from discoveries in space. By studying organisms and bacterium from outer space, scientists have a better idea of how organisms and bacterium on Earth behave. This helps create more vaccines and antibiotics against diseases. It can also help us gain a better understanding of the human immune system, and how it reacts to different pathogens. Even though these different organisms might not be found on the Earth, they still give us a deeper understanding of organisms that do inhibit our planet. Space exploration will help us in unimaginable ways; there's no telling how much we can learn and accomplish as a result of these missions!

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    1. Since I am also in the healthcare academy, your idea is intriguing! I think you brought up an important point that we can learn how bacteria on Earth behave by observing samples from space, if possible. Furthermore, I think that is a new strain is discovered, it can be researched here on Earth. Even though it will not affect the health of people inhabiting earth, it will just add to the plethora of information about healthcare that is already present.

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  13. This SpaceX mission will definitely broaden our understanding of not just outer space, but also of the Earth. Something we can learn from this mission that will benefit life on Earth is why other conditions in space create an inhospitable environment for life. With this knowledge of what is wrong with certain atmospheres, we can possible improve the overall quality of our atmosphere here on Earth. For example, if a certain chemical is present in a planet's atmosphere where there is no life, here on Earth we can make sure that it will never be present in our surroundings. It can help us understand why our atmosphere is perfect for sustaining life and looking for clues to help us find another planet capable of doing so. It is perfectly clear that we will not be giving up any time soon in finding forms of life outside of Earth, and even a small discovery can make all the difference.

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  14. The main thing about these types of missions is that they become a big well known event leading up to their launch date. This is intriguing to many because of the fact that another form of a technological advance is being performed. Every time we strive to accomplish things like the SpaceX mission, we are improving the technology of our world. the 21st century is known as the digital age. This implies that the goals of this century is to strive for advances in digitalizing. Taking steps everyday to improve technology is improving the accomplishments of the 21st century. For this reason, I believe the SpaceX mission has helped add onto the advances we strive for in technology. On top of this, we have also gained knowledge from completing this mission. Information about our atmosphere: the ozone layer, etc. was collected from this mission. By collecting this information, we can use it and apply it to our everyday life, and how to make our atmosphere a safer place. We can also use it to better benefit future launches and missions we go to accomplish.

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  15. SpaceX is making history by greatly improving rocket technology and broadening the potential capabilities that a rocket can achieve that were previously believed to be science fiction. Soon, mankind will be able to put humans on mars and travel outside our solar system. Thus, this is a step to becoming a space-faring civilization

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    1. I agree! This expedition not only aids the ISS but also aids humanity with a huge step forward towards creating new civilizations around the galaxy. However, us humans have to stay humble and focus on reaching on to different planets in our own solar system before reaching out further, like science fiction.

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  17. The SpaceX launch of SAGE II and III greatly contribute to our advancements in new technology. Specifically, this launch will teach us more about the ozone layers, which have been negatively impacted because of humans. Learning about the ozone layers will assist us in finding the root cause of why the ozone layers are being destroyed and this is especially important because it impacts us. Learning more and more about our planet is considered a huge advancement and despite the creation of many technologies to help us in our daily lives, this advancement is nonetheless important as well. One might be awed by the new iphone or by the new trends but something is complex as this is equally, or even more important because it is about the environment which surrounds us. I think that this a big step toward learning more about our planet. All in all, the SpaceX launch of SAGE II and III will help us improve and learn more about our ozone layers.
    Mahek Desai, B3

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    1. I completely agree with you. Developments that may seem farther away from us can be equally as important as technology on Earth. For example, many scientists state that humans will "overmine" the Earth for precious metals and we will quickly run out of metal to mine. However, concepts have been developed to mine the same precious metals from asteroids. Humans will have the same benefits from both mining on Earth and mining in space - more precious metals.
      -Gauri B3

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  18. The launch of SAGE II and III will definitely attest to the progress that humans have made in technology. In the beginning of the 20th century, it was almost unfathomable to believe that humans would ever go into space. However, by the 1960's that dream was becoming reality. Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space in 1961. Shortly after, in 1969, American astronauts landed on the moon. Many of these accomplishments would not have been possible without the intense competition between the Soviet Union and the U.S. In a quest to determine which country was the true superpower, the Space Race began. Thus, competition led to developments in technology.
    The same philosophy applies in the case of Sage II and III. SpaceX was awarded a contract by NASA to launch the rockets. However, SpaceX was given that contract because it was the best option in a pool of companies. If SpaceX does not live up to peoples' expectations, then NASA may give its next contract to a different company. In this way, competition between companies ensures recent and advanced space technology and developments.
    -Gauri B3

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  19. I think advancements like this show how close we are to becoming a society that expands further than our own planet. As these launches become more successful and scientists become more informed of space and rockets, it seems apparent that further space travel will be in the near future, and not so much of an insane concept anymore. The article states that "SpaceX has since resolved the issue that caused the accident and returned the Falcon 9 to flight," which means that they are indeed learning from their mistakes and making steps toward bigger and greater things. Civilizations on other planets may not be such an abstract concept.

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  20. I believe that these advances SpaceX is making will help us with future space travel. They are learning from errors made in previous missions and are fixing the problems. I believe that this will greatly improve our look on outer space. If we can continue down this path, I believe it will open up a world of possibilities. Brian A5

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  21. Students: note that only comments posted before the launch weekend will be counted as a social media component.

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  22. Sean Fitzsimmons, 2A

    Aboard the ISS is a crew of men/ women who are researching more about space and observing more than we've ever known. A single period that is basically a stay up there is nothing over a couple of months, mostly due to reasons regarding necessary resources. Now, with a launch that can bring resources up to the ISS, the astronauts up there can stay longer and do more research.

    Not only will this allow them to stay longer, but this also shows what we as humans are capable of doing. From this, we can see that we are not only capable of launching people into space, but launching a station as big as a football field into space and then keeping people on it for extended amounts of time! It is on everyone's minds, but most people just don't realize how close we are: based on the recent advances in Spacial Technology, we may even be a lot closer to landing people on Mars than we thought.

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