SpaceX Commercial Dragon Cargo Ship Streaks to Space Station: Gallery

Composite launch and
landing streak of SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-17 mission after liftoff from Space Launch
Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 4, 2019 bound for the
International Space Station (ISS) – as seen from the VAB roof at NASA’s Kennedy
Space Center, FL.
1st stage lands safely just off
shore of Port Canaveral eight minutes later just to the right of pad 40.  Note overlapping streaks at center and
boostback burn at left.  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
Ken
Kremer —
SpaceUpClose.com &
RocketSTEM
– 7 May 2019



KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL    SpaceX
lit up the literally middle-of-the-night sky with a spectacular display of
rocketry with a flawless liftoff of the commercial Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon
cargo ship on Saturday, May 4, carrying over 2.7 tons of research experiment
and NASA hardware and supplies to the six person
crew living aboard the
International Space Station.



The Dragon CRS-17 resupply
arrived safely two days later early Monday morning, May 6 loaded with
approximately 5,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science investigations



The SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully blasted off at 2:48 a.m. EDT (0648 GMT) Friday, May 4 with the unpiloted Dragon CRS-17 cargo ship from Space
Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida bound for the
ISS with almost 3 tons of science investigations
and supplies and included research into Earth’s carbon cycle, numerous biomedical
and physical sciences investigations and the formation of asteroids and comets. 



Enjoy our expanding collection
of Space UpClose photos and videos of both the magnificent launch and landing.



Check back as the launch
and landing gallery grows and this story expands. With so many overlapping
space events its tough  to keep up! 

The
SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon CRS-17 cargo vessel lift off
from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 4, 2019, on its way to the
International Space Station. CRS-17 is the 17th
SpaceX mission to the ISS carrying over 5,500 pounds of NASA cargo and
science investigations – as seen from the VAB roof at NASA’s Kennedy Space
Center, FL.
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

The Falcon 9 CRS-17 launch
marked a great comeback for SpaceX following the hugely disappointing and
devastating static fire test malfunction that completely destroyed the Demo-1 Crew
Dragon spacecraft on April 20 just before Easter Sunday – a big setback that
will undoubtedly force a delay in finally launching astronauts aboard the Demo-2
Crew Dragon spacecraft.









CRS-17 is the 17th
SpaceX resupply mission to the ISS.



Dramatic touchdown of SpaceX Falcon 9 1st
stage booster on the
‘Of Course I Still Love You’
droneship some 8 minutes after liftoff May 4 at 2:48 a.m. EDT – as seen from
the VAB roof at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, FL.
Credit:
Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
















Eight minutes later spectators
witnessed the very exciting and first ever mission featuring a dramatic soft landing
of the 1st stage booster on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ (OCISLY)
droneship – occurring just a few miles offshore of the Florida Space Coast
beaches – that was easily visible given the crystal clear night time skies under
superbly serene weather conditions.
 















Read our photo filled articles
about the OCISLY return Saturday evening and subsequent booster processing to
successfully retract the landing legs for the first time.

The six person Expedition 59 crew comprises astronauts David
Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Anne McClain of NASA; cosmonauts
Oleg Konenenko and Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos; and NASA astronauts Nick Hague
and Christina Koch



Watch my launch video here:

Video Caption: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying commercial cargo Dragon on NASA
CRS-17 resupply mission to International Space Station (ISS)
roars to life May 4, 2019, 2:48 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex-40
on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
– as seen
in this video camera stationed at pad.
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com








The next SpaceX Falcon 9 launch
is tentatively targeted for May 15 at 10:30 p.m. EDT. 





The
SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon CRS-17 cargo vessel lift off from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station on May 4, 2019, on its way to the International Space Station. CRS-17
is the 17th SpaceX mission to the ISS carrying over 5,500 pounds of
NASA cargo and science investigations. 
Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

stage separation






Watch my commentary at CBS Orlando WKMG about the SpaceX Cargo
and Crew Dragon mission in lead video:



https://www.clickorlando.com/news/space-news/spacex-go-for-overnight-launch-of-iss-resupply-mission-from-cape-canaveral


Dr Ken Kremer/Space UpClose interviewed about SpaceX
mission on CBS Orlando TV News station WKMG by reporter James Sparvero

Watch my commentary at Fox 35 TV News Orlando about the SpaceX
Crew Dragon testing failure here and the implications for delay in future Crew
Dragon test flights here:







Watch for Ken’s continuing
onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman
and more space and mission reports direct from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida and Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.






Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing Earth and
Planetary science and human spaceflight news: www.kenkremer.com –www.spaceupclose.com – twitter @ken_kremer
– email: ken at kenkremer.com




Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the
KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about
space topics.

………….

Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events









Up Close view of SpaceX Cargo Dragon and mobile cleanroom as technicians work towards addition of CRS-17 mission late load science items as the SpaceX Falcon 9
rocket rests horizontal on 
Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The CRS-17
cargo ship is now slated for liftoff May 3, 2019 at 3:11
a.m. EDT.  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com










Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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