Monday, February 6, 2017
The Launch of SpaceX CRS-10
NASA awarded a contract to SpaceX for 12 missions, and this is one of them. This mission was supposed to happen this past November. However, there was an explosion on the launch pad on September 1st, and this mission was pushed back as a result.
This mission will launch from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A. This is a historic launch pad that was created for the Apollo missions, and then modified for the shuttle program. Nothing has launched there since the last flight of the Space Shuttle program on July 8, 2011.
Although this is a SpaceX launch, NASA determines the basics of this launch (what the payload is, the date and time of the launch, etc.) This launch will cary over 4,000 pounds of cargo. The rocket will be a Falcon 9 and the spacecraft it carries will be a Dragon C12.
To learn more about SpaceX's Falcon9 rocket, view their website here: Falcon9
To learn more about SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft, view their website here: Dragon
Since this mission is bringing cargo to the ISS, it is important to know about the International Space Station. Go on NASA's website here, and note things such as who is on it, what countries are participating on it, how long it has been in orbit, etc. It is also really fun to note when it is passing overhead!
Mr. Quaglio also shared with me an awesome video that is a tour of the ISS. I highly suggest watching it! Please click on the video above and find out just where this cargo is going and why it is important that it gets there.
Now here is something that might be the most amazing of all...
Students from our school have made things that will be launched on this mission! Yes, you read that right. (Maybe this is something that you can do your senior year!) Please read about this mission's connection to our school here: Students Build Parts For NASA
If you were in class or read the blog about our classes asking questions about the John Webb Space Telescope, you remember that we connected that mission to the scientific revolution. In previous missions (you can read older blogs), we connected them to what we study about exploration and even imperialism.
Check out this article, SpaceX could be launching a rocket here every 2-3 weeks! (Seriously, you should read it). Read Me. Now.
My question to you is, how does CRS-10 relate to what we learn about in World History? Can you connect it to anything we learned about yet? (Think: Renaissance, Reformation, Exploration, Enlightenment, Revolution, etc.) If you want to read on on what we will learn about, we will also cover the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism ,the World at War, and the Cold War. If you are having trouble thinking of connections, think of what this mission encompasses (delivering cargo, an international crew on the ISS, SpaceX being a private business, etc.) If you still can't think of a connection, consider what you are covering in your other classes. Can this connect to what you are learning about in Spanish? Biology? Mathematics? Physical Education? Perhaps it even relates to what you are learning about in your academy (for example, culinary and health care students, do you think there are medical supplies or food products included on this cargo?)
I'm so excited about this mission and the ways that you can be involved with it! It's going to be a fascinating week!