NASA Sets Cover, Invites The Public To Join The Next Cargo Launch Virtually

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – NASA’s commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 1:29 p.m. EDT, Thursday June 3, to launch its 22nd Commercial Replenishment Services Mission to International space station. Take off will be from the agency’s Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will provide new solar panels to power future work aboard the orbiting laboratory, as well as new science investigations, supplies and equipment for the international crew. Live coverage will be broadcast on NASA television, the NASA app and the agency website, with pre-launch events starting Wednesday June 2.

Dragon’s pressurized capsule will carry a variety of research, including an experiment that could help develop better pharmaceuticals and therapies to treat kidney disease on Earth, a study on cotton root systems who could identify the varieties of plants that require less water and pesticides. The research will also include two surveys of model organisms: one will study bobtail squid examine the effects of spaceflight on the interactions between beneficial microbes and their animal hosts. The other will examine adaptation of tardigrades conditions in low earth orbit, which could advance the understanding of stressors affecting humans in space.

The mission will include technology demonstrations, including a portable ultrasound apparatus. Additionally, astronauts will test the effectiveness of robotic arms and remote-controlled space vehicles using virtual reality and haptics interfaces.

Dragon’s unpressurized chest section will deliver the first two of six new solar panels for deployment design based tested on the space station in 2017. A robotic arm will extract them and astronauts will install them on a series of spacewalks this summer.

Approximately 12 minutes after launch, Dragon will separate from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket and begin a carefully choreographed series of thruster shots to reach the space station. Arrival at the space station is scheduled for Saturday June 5. Dragon will dock autonomously at the space-oriented port on the station Harmony module, with Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA surveillance operations.

The spacecraft is expected to spend more than a month attached to the space station before crashing into the Atlantic Ocean, returning with research and returning the cargo.

Full coverage for this mission is as follows (still in the East):

Wednesday June 2

11:00 – Want an in-depth look at the science aboard Dragon? Watch on NASA TV or join us on Kennedy Space Center Facebook and Youtube pages while we chat with some of the top researchers. If you have any questions for them, use #AskNASA on Twitter. They can respond in real time during the segment.

11:30 a.m.13 hours – Previously accredited media will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with scientists and other subject matter experts at the Kennedy Press site (in accordance with COVID-19 security protocols). *

1:30 p.m. – NASA TV will broadcast a pre-launch press conference for Kennedy with representatives of the NASA International Space Station program, SpaceX and the US Space Force Space Launch Delta 45. For phone number and code access, please contact the Kennedy Press Room at: [email protected] no later than 1 p.m. Wednesday June 2. The public can also ask questions using #AskNASA on Twitter. They can receive a response in real time during the segment.

Thursday June 3

13 hours – NASA TV coverage begins for the target 1:29 p.m. launch.

Saturday June 5

3:30 – NASA TV coverage begins for Dragon docking to the space station.

5 a.m. – Mooring

* The deadline for media to apply for accreditation for this launch has passed, but general information on media accreditation is available via email [email protected].

NASA TV Launch Coverage

Live coverage of the launch on NASA TV will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday June 3. For information on NASA TV’s downlink, schedules, and links to streaming video, visit:

Audio from the press conference and coverage of the launch will be streamed over NASA’s “V” circuits, which can be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, “mission audio” countdown activities without launch commentary from NASA TV will air on 321-867-7135.

On launch day, a “clean stream” of the launch without commentary from NASA TV will air on the NASA TV media channel.

NASA website launch cover

Mission launch day coverage will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include the live stream and blog updates starting no earlier than 1pm. Thursday June 3, as the countdown steps occur. On-demand streaming videos and photos of the launch will be available shortly after take-off. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the Kennedy Press Room at 321-867-2468. Follow the countdown coverage on the agency’s launch blog at:

Attend this launch virtually

Members of the public can Register now to virtually attend this launch. Participants will receive mission updates and activities via email. NASA’s Virtual Guest Program for this mission also includes curated launch resources, notifications of associated opportunities, as well as a stamp for their NASA Virtual Guest. passport following a successful launch.

Watch and engage on social media
Let people know you’re following the mission on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtags #Dragon and #NASASocial. You can also stay signed in by tracking and tagging these accounts:

Twitter: @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @NASASocial, @Space station, @ISS_Research, @ISS National Lab, @SpaceX
Facebook: NASA, NASAKennedy, ISS, ISS National Laboratory
Instagram: @NASA, @NASAKennedy, @ISS, @ISSNationalLab, @SpaceX

Learn more about SpaceX’s resupply mission at:

Para obtener información sobre cobertura en español en el Centro Espacial Kennedy o si desea solicitar entrevistas en español, comuníquese con Antonia Jaramillo (321) 501-8425.


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