The SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft will depart from the ISS on Tuesday with over 4,000 pounds of cargo and scientific experiments. The event will be live-streamed on NASA TV. The coverage is set to begin on Tuesday at 5:45 AM PT after it was rescheduled from Monday.
The Dragon spacecraft is expected to carry the scientific experiments that include an experimental system for microorganisms to create nutrients that can be used to supplement the diets of astronauts in space. These nutrients are called BioNutrients.
Another experiment will focus on the printing of human organs in space. Growing tissues in microgravity may have some advantages over growing them on earth. There are also experiments on Engineered Heart Tissues eg heart cells grown from stem cells to see how those grown in microgravity differ from those that are grown on earth.
Another investigation will center around that microorganisms grow on wet surfaces into structures that are called BioFilms. NASA intends to use these to cover the surfaces of the spacecraft to protect both crew and equipment.
The Livestream will cover everything from the issuing of commands from the mission control in Houston, Texas to the release of the Dragon from the ISS using the ISS’ robotic arm.
The operation will be overseen by Andrew Morgan from the ISS. Morgan is a NASA astronaut who will be responsible for the backing up of ground controllers and monitoring the Dragon from the ISS.