NASA Invites Media to Northrop Grumman's 21st Station Resupply Launch

The next space mission for NASA is approaching, and media accreditation has been opened for the event. The launch will take place in early August, marking the 21st Northrop Grumman commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. The launch will be executed on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, departing from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Credentialing for pre-launch and launch activities is currently available to U.S. media. Those interested in attending must apply before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 19. Accreditation requests can be submitted through NASA’s website.

Following the launch, the space station’s Canadarm2 will capture the Cygnus spacecraft and attach it to the Unity module’s Earth-facing port for cargo unloading. Each resupply mission aims to deliver scientific investigations in fields like biology and biotechnology, Earth and space science, physical sciences, and technology development and demonstrations. In this case, Cygnus will bring along research materials, such as a new STEMonstration, equipment for observing water flow in microgravity, vascularized liver tissue, and a bioreactor for demonstrating the production of blood and immune stem cells.

In addition, two CubeSats, CySat-1 from Iowa State University and DORA from Arizona State University, are part of the ELaNa 52 (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) program. This mission will be conducted aboard the Cygnus spacecraft. The continuous crew occupancy on the space station began in November 2000, with 280 astronauts from 21 countries having visited the orbital outpost over the years. The space station represents an essential stepping stone for NASA’s forthcoming lunar and eventual Mars exploration missions under Artemis.

For more information regarding media accreditation, interested individuals should refer to NASA’s official accreditation policy online. To get assistance or request special logistical support, contact NASA’s Kennedy Space Center newsroom, and for Spanish language information, please reach out to the mentioned contact persons. For details on NASA’s commercial resupply missions, visit the provided link.

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