Science And Cargo Of  Mission To Space Station

Boeing's OFT-2 Starliner

Boeing's Orbital Flight Test 2

mission to the International Space Station is poised to launch at 6:54 p.m. EDT on May 19 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. 

This second uncrewed test mission 

of the company's Starliner capsule serves as a critical step in NASA's certification of the spacecraft for human spaceflight

OFT-2 will carry more than

 500 pounds of cargo to the orbital laboratory, at least 440 pounds of which consists of food and supplies for the station's current crew.

The remaining payloads were 

contributed by Boeing and include, among other flight memorabilia, keepsakes such as flags and pins commemorating the United States

Taking its second ride

 aboard Starliner will also be a flight test dummy affectionately named Rosie the Rocketeer.

 Rosie rode aboard the first

 OFT and provided engineers data about G-force exertion on the body during launch.

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