SpaceX Falcon 9 launches CRS-25 mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying a Cargo Dragon lifted off at 8:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 14 to launch NASA’s CRS-25 mission to the International Space Station.

The mission, NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT), flew aboard SpaceX’s 25th commercial resupply services mission to the orbiting laboratory.

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to deliver new scientific investigations, supplies and equipment to the international crew, including a new research survey on the climate.

Live coverage will air on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website, with pre-launch events beginning Wednesday, July 13.

Dragon will carry more than 5,800 pounds of cargo, including a variety of NASA surveys like EMIT, which will identify the composition of mineral dust from arid regions of Earth and analyze dust carried into the atmosphere from deserts to see what effects it is having on the planet, advancing NASA data contributions to monitoring climate change.

Other investigations include studying immune cell aging and the potential to reverse 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 resort is expected around 11:20 a.m. EDT Saturday, July 16. Dragon will autonomously dock with the forward-facing port of the station’s Harmony module, with NASA astronauts Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines monitoring 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.

The media accreditation deadline for in-person coverage of this launch has passed. More information on media accreditation is available by email: [email protected] NASA’s Media Accreditation Policy for On-Site and Virtual Activities is available online. The agency will provide further details to these accredited media, including COVID-19 safety protocols.

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.

Start replay

Wednesday July 13

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

Kate Calvin, NASA 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
A limited number of seats inside Kennedy’s auditorium will be available for on-site reporters on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional journalists wishing to participate can log in. To obtain the call-in number and access code, please contact the Kennedy Newsroom no later than 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at: [email protected]

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 Director, International Space Station Program, NASA
Heidi Parris, Associate Scientist, International Space Station Program, NASA
Benjamin Reed, Senior Director, Human Spaceflight Programs, SpaceX
Launch Weather Officer Brian Cizek, 45th Weather Squadron Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
The conference call will be streamed live at Media may ask questions by telephone only. To obtain the call-in number and access code, please contact the Kennedy Newsroom no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at: [email protected]

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:

Media may ask questions by telephone only. To obtain the call-in number and access code, please contact the Kennedy Newsroom no later than 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at: [email protected]

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.

Audio-only press conferences and launch coverage will be broadcast on NASA’s “V” circuits, accessible by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, the full mission broadcast can be heard on -1220 and -1240, while the countdown can only be heard on -1260 and -7135 starting approximately one hour before the launch broadcast begins. assignment.

On launch day, a “clean feed” 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 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: 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 resources, related opportunity notifications, and a Virtual Guest Passport stamp after 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 Lab

Facebook: NASA, NASA Kennedy, 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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