‘Tis the season: SpaceX set for holiday season delivery to International Space Station

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Just in time for the holiday season, SpaceX is set to deliver supplies to the International Space Station before Christmas.

‘Tis the season for holiday deliveries, and SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is planning to be part of the holiday haul.

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NASA officials at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station shared an image Sunday of the cargo spacecraft’s arrival.

This will be SpaceX’s 24th cargo launch to the space station.

The launch is currently set for 5:06 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, from Launch Complex 39A.

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Officials said the cargo Dragon will deliver a variety of investigations to the space station, including a protein crystal growth study that could improve the delivery of cancer treatment drugs; a handheld bioprinter that will test technology that could one day be used to print tissue directly on wounds to accelerate healing; experiments from students at several universities as part of the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS) program; and an investigation from the makers of Tide that examines detergent efficacy in microgravity.

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It’s unclear what extra holiday goodies the spacecraft may deliver, but some gingerbread astronauts and micro-gravity friendly eggnog would be a nice start.

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