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A brand new Falcon 9 rocket is ready to launch a twice-used Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station. Both guests are called Robotic External Leak Locators or RELL for short.

Two robotic leak detectors will be stored in the toolbox, for example. RiTS will provide protection from heat and physical protection from radiation and objects that are hurling through space.

The housing unit's thermal system maintains ideal temperatures for the instruments, helping them stay functional, according to Neuman. International Space Station Program Manager Kenny Todd says "Santa's sleigh is certified for the vacuum of space". The spacecraft - which has made two previous visits to the space station - is expected to arrive at the ISS on Saturday and remain there until January 4.

The hotel, RiTS will be attached to the outside of the ISS to create and save storage on the inside. Launches to the space station have instantaneous launch windows to catch the station in orbit.

RELL units take an extended amount of time to be deployed. The mission includes a wealth of science experiments and supplies for the crew of the orbiting laboratory. Eastern Time from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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This vast network has thousands of feet of tubing and hundreds of joints.

"With RiTS, we'll have easier and faster access to RELL, which can help ensure our astronauts' safety in space". That will mean such equipment will be in tip-top shape for spacewalks, but it will also free up room inside the station and avoid the need to carry such tools through the equipment airlocks.

Human and robotic collaborations like these can be applied to more than just the space station, including potential exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

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The tool stowage assembly was developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in partnership with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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