NASA highlights climate research on cargo launch and sets coverage


Other surveys include the study of immune cell aging and the possibility of reversing these effects during post-flight recovery; a CubeSat that will monitor cloud top and ocean surface temperatures, which could help scientists understand Earth’s climate and weather systems; and a student experiment testing a concrete alternative for potential use in future lunar and Martian habitats.

Arrival at the station is scheduled for approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT Saturday, July 16. Dragon will autonomously dock at the forward-facing port of the station. Harmony modulewith NASA astronauts Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines monitoring of operations from the station.

The spacecraft is expected to spend about a month tethered to the orbiting outpost before returning to Earth with research and return cargo, splashing down off the coast of Florida.

Full coverage for this mission is as follows (all times Eastern). Coverage is subject to change based on real-time operational activities. Follow the International Space Station Blog for updates.

Wednesday July 13

3 p.m. – Climate Conversation on NASA TV with the following participants:

  • Catherine CalvinNASA Chief Scientist and Climate Advisor
  • Heidi Parris, Associate Scientist, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • Mike Roberts, Chief Scientist, ISS National Lab
  • Rob Green, JPL Principal Investigator and EMIT Principal Investigator
  • Paula do Vale Pereira, BeaverCube, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

8:00 p.m. – Pre-launch media conference call (no sooner than one hour after the end of the launch readiness review) with the following participants:

  • Dana Weigel, Deputy Program Manager, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • Heidi Parris, Associate Scientist, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • SpaceX representative
  • Launch Weather Officer Representative, 45th Weather Squadron Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

The conference call will be broadcast live on:

Thursday July 14

8:15 p.m. – Start of NASA TV launch coverage

8:44 p.m. – Launch

9:30 p.m. – Post-launch press conference call

  • Dina Contella, Operations Integration Manager, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • SpaceX representative

The conference call will be webcast live on the agency’s website at:

Saturday July 16

10:00 a.m. – NASA TV coverage begins for Dragon’s docking with the space station

11:20 a.m. (approximately) – Mooring

NASA TV Launch Coverage

Live coverage of the launch on NASA TV will begin at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 14.

NASA website launch cover

Mission launch day coverage will be available on NASA website. Coverage will include live stream and blog updates beginning no earlier than 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, as countdown milestones occur. On-demand streaming video and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. For questions about Countdown coverage, contact the Kennedy Newsroom at: 321-867-2468. Follow the countdown coverage on our launch blog at:

Attend the launch virtually

Members of the public can Register to attend this launch virtually. Registrants will receive mission updates and activities via email. NASA’s Virtual Guest program for this mission also includes curated launch assets, notifications on related opportunities, and a virtual guest passport stamp following a successful launch.

Watch and engage on social media

Let people know you follow the mission on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #Dragon and #NASASocial. You can also stay connected by following and tagging these accounts:

Twitter: @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @NASASocial, @Space station, @ISS_Research, @ISS National Laboratory,

Facebook: Nasa, NASAKennedy, ISS, ISS National Laboratory

Instagram: @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @ISS, @ISSNationalLab

Learn more about NASA’s SpaceX resupply missions at:

For information on cobertura en español en el Centro Espacial Kennedy o si desea solicitar entrevistas en español, comuníquese con Antonia Jaramillo at: [email protected] or 321-501-8425.


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