CAPE CANAVERAL: After a one-day delay to allow for more mouse food to arrive from California, the Falcon 9 lifted a Dragon capsule bearing the CRS-16 mission towards the ISS at 1:16 PM EST on December 5, 2018 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is NASA’s sixth cargo mission to the ISS in 2018 and SpaceX’s 20th launch in 2018.
Falcon 9 lifts off from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Jelen / We Report Space
The launch had been scheduled for December 4, 2018, but the late-load food bars used for rodent experiments were found to have signs of mold. NASA assumed that the other food bars previously loaded were suspect and flew in a new supply of rodent food bars from NASA Ames in California. The food bars were scheduled to arrive in Orlando around 9PM on Monday, with the Dragon close-out between midnight and 1AM Tuesday. The inbound flight was delayed until 11PM, and NASA announced a one-day delay.
Clear skies and fair weather gave a beautiful view of the launch from SLC-40. Photo credit: Bill Jelen / We Report Space
At the pre-launch press conference on ...