NASA Invites Media to Discuss Space Station Science, Climate Research

An image of the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT), which will help researchers determine climate effects by measuring the composition of minerals that become airborne dust.
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NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 2, to discuss the hardware, technology demonstrations, and science experiments, including a new climate research investigation, headed to the International Space Station aboard SpaceXs 25th commercial resupply mission for NASA. Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on the agencys website.

SpaceX is targeting Thursday, June 9 at 10:45 a.m. to launch its cargo Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

One of the primary payloads aboard the cargo flight is the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation or EMIT. This tool will identify the composition of mineral dust from Earths aridregions and analyze dust carried through the atmosphere from deserts to seewhat effects it has on theplanet, further advancing NASAs data contributions to monitoring climate change.

The media call also will highlight experiments studying the aging of immune cells and the potential to reverse those effects during post-flight recovery, an investigation of how sutured wounds heal in microgravity, and a student experiment testing a concrete alternative for potential use in future lunar and Martian habitats.

Teleconference participants include:

  • Kirt Costello, NASAs chief scientist for the International Space Station Program Research Office
  • Dr. Robert Green, principal investigator for the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT)
  • James Wall and Jocelyn Hoang Thai from the Stanford student experiment, Biopolymer Research for In-Situ Capabilities
  • Dr. Monica Monici, principal investigator of the Suture in Space study
  • Dr. Sonja Schrepfer, principal investigator for the Immunosenescence experiment
  • Dr. Janet Jansson, principal investigator of the DynaMoS investigation
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