After many delays, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft has finally lifted off to begin its journey to the International Space Station. The unmanned flight, known as CRS-25, will carry with it a range of science experiments that include studies of aging and immune system recovery, mapping the composition of Earth’s dust and its effect on climate, how microbial communities are affected in the soil by microgravity and several others.

On Twitter, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, shared a video of the CR-25 launch. “Like dust in the wind, liftoff is confirmed for the SpaceX CRS-25 Dragon resupply mission to the International Space Station.”

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Watch it here.

SpaceX’s 25th cargo resupply mission (SpaceX CRS-25) was delayed in June 2022 due to a hydrazine leak in the spacecraft that lifted off a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:44 p.m. EDT on July 14.

Announcing the docking time, NASA tweeted: “Ready and cleaned up. Phase 2 separation confirmed. The CRS-25 Dragon spacecraft and the new @NASAEarth mineral dust mapper EMIT are on their way to the International @Space_Station . Docking is expected at 11:20 a.m. ET (15:20 UTC) on Saturday, July 16.”

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Experiments aboard the Dragon capsule include studies of the immune system, Earth’s oceans, soil communities and cell-free biomarkers, along with mapping the composition of Earth’s dust and testing an alternative to concrete, NASA said.

“In dust, we trust. After launch tonight, our cargo resupply mission en route to the International@Space_Station is conducting an experiment on @NASAEarth that will help us understand the effect of dust clouds on our climate, NASA tweeted.

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