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Watch as SpaceX launches mission to deliver experiments, food and coffee to ISS

Watch as a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft launches to the International Space Station on Thursday 21 March to deliver food, supplies, equipment and science investigations.

Elon Musk’s company is targeting this afternoon for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s 30th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the ISS.

It will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida with liftoff hoped for 4:55pm. A backup launch opportunity is available on Friday 22 March at 4:29pm.

The food headed into orbit this time around is not your typical space food.

Heidi Parris, associate program scientist at Nasa’s International Space Station Program Research Office, said during a Tuesday afternoon media conference that among the 6000 pounds of cargo will be a fresh food kit, including citrus, apples, and cherry tomatoes.

“They have two coffee kits, which I would probably be the most excited about,” Parris said.

“The crew requested those, so we’re making sure we get them some fresh coffee.”