making a return trip to the International Space Station. Their overall mission hasn’t changed: bringing up supplies for the astronauts and their experiments, and bring down samples and used equipment. It’s going to be filled up severely below capacity both ways (it’s made to handle 7,000 pounds of cargo), a load capacity which might just be used when the ISS meets its hypothetical deadline in a few years and will stop having people in it. Or maybe we’ll make repairs and keep using it (or maybe we’ll make something better). Either way, NASA has ten more missions to use SpaceX for yet.
Rachel is the co-founder of How To Survive Alien Invasion Novels, and spends her time writing, studying, and reading what would probably be considered far too many books. Connect with her and Rusty on Twitter and Facebook, and click here to read more of her articles about alien theories and how to survive alien invasion novels.