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SpaceX launches Cargo Dragon carrying supplies and experiments to ISS
by Charles Briggs
Space Coast FL (SPX) Mar 15, 2023

SpaceX launched its 27th Commercial Resupply Service (CRS-27) mission for a 35-hour journey to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA on Tuesday, March 14 at 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 GMT Wednesday) from Launch Complex-39A (LC-39A) at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The uncrewed Dragon capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket is packed with more than 6,000 pounds of fresh food, hardware, and experiments essential for keeping the orbiting lab's seven-person crew supplied during its operation.

About seven and a-half minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first-stage booster supporting the CRS-27 mission, B1073, completed its seventh flight, landing on an autonomous drone ship, "A Shortfall of Gravitas" (ASOG), in the Atlantic Ocean.

Dragon is scheduled to autonomously dock to the forward-facing port of the Harmony module about 7:52 a.m. EDT Thursday, March 16.

CRS-27, is the 16th Falcon 9 and 17th overall SpaceX mission of 2023, and the seventh flight for SpaceX under NASA's CRS Phase 2.

Today's mission recovery operation was a historic one for SpaceX and for spaceflight as a whole.

"In an industry that has historically been male-dominated, today's recovery operations are being managed by an all-female crew," SpaceX engineer Zachary Luppen said during the CRS-27 launch webcast. "In fact, we believe it to be the first all-female crew for any kind of operation like this, and if it's not the first, then we're in great company."

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