Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

SpaceX is about to launch the ashes of 152 people into space

SpaceX is about to launch the ashes of 152 people into space

A NASA spacecraft with "green propellant" and a space atomic clock will launch on the third flight for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Monday night.

- SpaceX's third Falcon Heavy launch will mark several firsts. You can also wacth the launch below.

The mission, which has been dubbed STP-2 for the Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2, will a satellite on board is said to be carrying 152 metal capsules packed with human ashes. Along for the ride will be 24 satellites and a slate of experiments, including new technology developed by NASA that will help guide our way to Mars. Media permanently badged for Kennedy are invited to attend in person.

Managed by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, the Space Test Program 2 - STP-2 - launch from historic pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center is targeted for 11:30 p.m. EDT Monday. NASA TV will simulcast the SpaceX STP-2 webcast starting about 15 minutes before liftoff.

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The SmallSat launching this week will test the new "green" propellant, which will provide a safer alternative to toxic chemical propellants now used, and which, in turn, could mean longer duration missions for spacecraft in deep space. However, as is often the case with rocket launches, weather can delay things a bit or even push the launch back to a later date. "We're excited to partner with SpaceX in this unique launch capability they provide with Falcon Heavy".

It's also the first time that a Falcon Heavy will use previously flown side boosters, which have been refueled and fitted again after the Arabsat 6A satellite launch in April. Currently, the Falcon Heavy is the world's only existing super-heavy rocket. The 24 satellites that Falcon Heavy will carry out feature several types of equipment created to facilitate the mission.

As such Elon Musk has said that this will be the most complicated and most hard launch ever. It is more precise than the finest watch on earth and could be responsible for changing the way we travel through space.

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