SpaceX Cargo Dragon resupply ship filled with more than 4,600 pounds of supplies and valuable scientific experiments is set to return to earth on September 30th.
The ship will undock from the Harmony module’s forward international docking adapter on Thursday, Sept. 30 and it will be broadcasted live on the NASA app and website, beginning at 8:45 a.m. EDT.
The cargo ship was launched by the private space company on August 29 on a 32 hours journey to the International Space Station.
According to NASA’s press release, the Dragon Cargo resupply ship will return with valuable scientific investigations from the orbiting laboratory which includes:
– Ring Sheared Drop examines the formation and flow of abnormal proteins, called amyloids, in the absence of solid walls, which can influence chemical interactions. Results could contribute to a better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, as well as the development of advanced materials.
– Anti-Atrophy tests the ability of biomaterials to inhibit muscle atrophy in microgravity. Results may lead to the production of pharmaceuticals to prevent muscle atrophy, not only for astronauts in space, but also for the elderly on Earth.
– Genes in Space-8 tests a technology for monitoring gene expression in space. This test could lead to a better understanding of spaceflight-induced changes in liver gene expression and may support the development of new therapies that can account for the body’s adaptations to spaceflight.