NASA, SpaceX launch resupply mission to space station

SpaceX’s 27th commercial resupply mission docked to the Harmony module’s space-facing port at 7:31 a.m. EDT today as the station was flying 261 miles over northeastern China. (Photo: NASA TV)

LOS ANGELES, June 5 (Xinhua) -- NASA and SpaceX launched a resupply services mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, carried on the company's Falcon 9 rocket, lifted off at 11:47 a.m. Eastern Time from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The mission carries scientific research, crew supplies, and hardware to the space station to support its Expedition 69 crew, including the next pair of ISS Roll Out Solar Arrays.

Once installed, the solar panels will expand the energy-production capabilities of the space station, according to NASA.