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Next Rocket Launch: May 19, 2012 | Things to Do in Brevard County, FL | Carolyn Smith, Realtor

Posted on: May 17, 2012

Carolyn Smith, Realtor – Things to Do in Brevard County, Florida: Get outside to see the next rocket launch on Saturday, May 19th!

Rocket launch May 19

The SpaceX Dragon capsule will launch with the next rocket on May 19. Image from SpaceX.

How exciting for the Space Coast… another rocket launch so soon after the last one! I can never get enough; every launch is just so magnificent and breathtaking! However, you’ll have to wake up early if you want to see this launch, as it is scheduled for 4:55 am!

The Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:55 am on Saturday, May 19th. The rocket will be carrying the cargo-carrying Dragon space capsule which will eventually separate from the rocket to continue its one-day long journey towards the International Space Station.

Saturday’s launch is special because it will be the first time a private company is attempting to send a cargo rocket to the International Space Station; previously this had only been accomplished by governments. Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, will be sending its Dragon spacecraft into space to first conduct tests of its ability to move in orbit and approach the space station slowly and carefully; if the tests are successful, the spacecraft will then be allowed to approach the orbiting space station close enough to be grabbed by the station’s robotic arm. Whew, that sounds pretty intense, huh?!

Hopefully all the tests go well and the Dragon spacecraft will be allowed to deliver its 1,200 pounds of supplies to the six astronauts and cosmonauts working on the International Space Station. Supplies aboard the Dragon spacecraft include a large variety of experiments, food, and scientific equipment, as well as some probably much-anticipated items for the astronauts like socks and underwear. Hmmm, sorry, but this forces me to ask the obvious question… “If you were stranded on the International Space Station, what could you not live without?” 🙂 Chapstick, I would need lots of chapstick, couldn’t live without it! Can you imagine how drying outer space must be on the lips? 😉

Prior to the shuttle program coming to an end last year, NASA used its space shuttles to bring supplies and cargo to the International Space Station. But no need to worry; the astronauts at the Space Station have plenty of supplies, so it won’t be a huge deal if the Dragon capsule isn’t able to dock with the Space Station. And if it doesn’t happen this time, NASA is going to work with SpaceX to resolve the issues and try again on another mission.

Even with the retirement of NASA’s shuttle program, I am happy to report that there is still a lot of space-related action happening here in Brevard County, Florida! So mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19th and don’t miss the next rocket launch; it is sure to brighten up the early-morning sky with a brilliant, fiery display! I plan to watch the rocket launch from my backyard, but if I happen to wake up before my alarm, I will be watching from the beach!

Source of info: http://www.nasa.gov, http://www.voanews.com, http://www.huffingtonpost.com, http://www.spacecoastlaunches.com, http://www.spacex.com 

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