SpaceX's Dragon capsule
, loaded with food and scientific gear, is scheduled to launch toward the ISS
tomorrow evening (with backup launch slots on each of the following two days). There's a last-minute wrinkle, though: Space.com managing editor Tariq Malik reports that a piece of space debris "will pass near enough to the space station on Monday morning (Oct. 8) to require an avoidance maneuver as a safety precaution
, NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini said in a briefing [Saturday]." Tomorrow's planned flight is to be the first under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA
that calls for a dozen resupply flights by SpaceX, essential in the post-shuttle era."