Listen Live: NASA talks big science riding on NG-13 Cygnus cargo ship

NASA will hold a press conference to discuss the many science payloads set to launch to the International Space Station Sept. 29 on a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and the NG-13 Cygnus spacecraft. The press conference today, Sept. 24, will begin at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) and include a series of presentations on the new supplies and gear aboard Cygnus. It includes a new space toilet, plant habitat, cancer research and a photo session of Estee Lauder cosmetics in space. NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 24, to discuss science investigations, technology demonstrations, and commercial products launching on Northrop Grumman’s 14th commercial resupply mission for the agency to the International Space Station . Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live online at: http://www.nasa.gov/live Northrop Grumman is targeting Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 10:26 p.m., for the launch of its Cygnus spacecraft on an Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s pad 0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The Cygnus spacecraft will carry crew supplies, scientific research and hardware to the orbiting laboratory to support the Expedition 64 crew. David Brady, associate program scientist for the International Space Station Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will provide an overview of the research and technology aboard the Cygnus spacecraft. Also participating in the briefing are: Karl Hasenstein, professor of biology at the University of Lafayette, and David Reed, Techshot Florida operations director, who will discuss the Plant Habitat-02 investigation, which will study how radishes grow in space to prepare for feeding future crews on deep-space missions Yusuf Erkul, co-founder and president of Kernal Biologics, who will discuss the Onco Selectors investigation, which leverages microgravity to identify targeted cancer therapies Jim Fuller of Collins Aerospace and Melissa McKinley, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Logistics Reduction project manager, who will discuss the Universal Waste Management System , a more compact and reliable space toilet that will be used on the space station and on the Artemis II mission Carlos Cabrera, professor of chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras in San Juan, and Camila Morales-Navas, chemistry PhD student at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras in San Juan, who will discuss the Ammonia Electro-Oxidation investigation, which studies a potential innovative water recovery system Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael, co-founders and creative directors of Felix & Paul Studios, and Jonathan Woods, executive producer, TIME Studios, who will discuss the ISS Experience EVA Camera , which will be used to film a spacewalk and Earth views in cinematic 360-degree virtual reality Phil McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA and Stéphane de La Faverie, group president, The Estée Lauder Companies and global brand president, Estée Lauder, who will discuss plans to photograph the company’s New Advanced Night Repair serum in the space station’s iconic cupola window as part of NASA’s efforts to enable business activities at the space station and develop a robust low-Earth orbit economy Questions can also be submitted on social media using #AskNASA. For launch countdown coverage, NASA’s launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/northropgrumman Live at 3 pm ET: NASA talks asteroid Bennu sample-return with OSIRIS-REx At 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT) today, NASA will hold a press conference to update the public on the agency’s first asteroid sample-collection mission OSIRIS-REx. The teleconference will discuss the spacecraft’s upcoming Oct. 20 sampling event on the asteroid Bennu. From NASA: NASA is hosting a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 24, to provide an update on the agency’s first attempt to contact the surface of asteroid Bennu and collect a sample next month. Teleconference audio and visuals will stream live on NASA’s website . The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will travel to the asteroid’s surface during its first sample collection attempt Oct. 20. Its sampling mechanism will touch Bennu’s surface for several seconds, fire a charge of pressurized nitrogen to disturb the surface, and collect a sample before the spacecraft backs away. Participating in this mission update are: Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson Mike Moreau, OSIRIS-REx deputy project manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Sandra Freund, OSIRIS-REx mission operations manager at Lockheed Martin Space In response to rocky conditions discovered on the asteroid’s surface when OSIRIS-REx began orbiting Bennu in 2018, the mission team has reduced the sample area to one-tenth of the original plan. This means the spacecraft must target Bennu’s surface with even greater accuracy. A building-size boulder also is situated on Nightingale crater’s eastern rim, which could pose a hazard to the spacecraft as it backs away from the asteroid after collecting the sample. The OSIRIS-Rex team performed two rehearsal operations to prepare for these challenges and is ready. The spacecraft is scheduled to begin the journey back to Earth next year, arriving with the sample in 2023. Studying Bennu helps researchers learn more about the origins of our solar system, sources of water and organic molecules on Earth, and hazards and resources in near-Earth space. For more information on OSIRIS-Rex, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex and https://www.asteroidmission.org Delayed: SpaceX Starlink launch UPDATE for 2:06 pm ET: SpaceX has called off today’s launch attempt of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 60 Starlink internet satellites due to bad weather at the rocket’s landing drone ship “Just Read The Instructions” in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX will launch 60 new Starlink internet satellites today (Sept. 17) in the company’s 13th mission dedicated to the space-based broadband megaconstellation and you can watch the launch live here. Liftoff is set for 2:19 p.m. EDT (1819 GMT). A veteran Falcon 9 rocket will launch the mission, referred to as Starlink 12, from the historic Pad 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. You can watch the launch live above beginning at 2:09 p.m. EDT (1809 GMT). SpaceX typically begins launch webcasts 10 minutes before liftoff. You can watch the launch directly from SpaceX here . The Falcon 9 rocket for this mission has launched twice before. On May 30, it launched the Demo-2 astronaut mission for NASA and the South Korean military satellite ANASIS-II in July . SpaceX is targeting Thursday, September 17 at 2:19 p.m. EDT, 18:19 UTC, for launch of its thirteenth Starlink mission , which will launch 60 Starlink satellites to orbit. Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A backup opportunity is available on Friday, September 18 at 1:57 p.m. EDT, 17:57 UTC. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts onboard and the ANASIS-II mission. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. One of Falcon 9’s fairing halves supported two previous Starlink launches. The Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff. You can watch the launch webcast here, starting about 10 minutes before liftoff. If you would like to receive updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area, please visit starlink.com . DELAYED: Blue Origin NS-13 Launch Update for 12:18 am ET: Blue Origin has scrubbed Thursday’s launch attempt of the NS-13 New Shepard launch due to a payload power supply issue. A new launch date will be announced once available. A Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft will launch on a suborbital flight today (Sept. 24) and you can watch it live here. Liftoff is set for 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) from Blue Origin’s West Texas test site. This will be the 13th New Shepard flight for Blue Origin and the seventh flight for this specific space capsule and rocket. Blue Origin’s New Shepard is a reusable space capsule and booster designed to carry passengers on trips to suborbital space and back. Its booster returns to Earth to make a vertical landing while the capsule descends under parachutes for a land landing. On this mission, called NG-13, New Shepard will carry 12 commercial payloads. Among them is the Deorbit, Descent, and Landing Sensor Demonstration, a science payload mounted to the exterior of the booster to test technology for future NASA moon missions. “The lunar landing sensor demo will test precision landing technologies for future missions to the Moon in support of the Artemis program,” Blue Origin wrote in an update. “The experiment will verify how these technologies (sensors, computers, and algorithms) work together to determine a spacecraft’s location and speed as it approaches the Moon, enabling a vehicle to land autonomously on the lunar surface within 100 meters of a designated point” Blue Origin’s next New Shepard mission (NS-13) is currently targeting liftoff for Thursday, September 24, at 10:00 am CDT / 15:00 UTC. Current weather conditions are favorable. This will be the 13th […]

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