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Researchers Discuss Science Launching on Next Space Station Resupply Mission


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NASA astronaut Serena AuŮůn-Chancellor conducts research operations for the AngieX Cancer Therapy study inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox. Credits: NAS
NASA astronaut Serena AuŮůn-Chancellor conducts research operations for the AngieX Cancer Therapy study inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox. Credits: NAS

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 8, to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on the next Northrop Grumman commercial resupply flight to the†International Space Station. Audio of the teleconference will stream live on NASAís†website.

Tara Ruttley,†associate chief scientist for Microgravity Research in NASAís Office of Chief Scientist, and Liz Warren, associate program scientist for the stationís National Lab, will provide an overview of the†research and technologyaboard Northrop Grummanís Cygnus spacecraft.

Also participating in Thursdayís briefing are:

  • Laurence Harrisis a professor at York University in Toronto and principle investigator for research to develop, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency, a mathematical model for how an astronautís†perception of motion, body position and distance to objects changes in space.
  • Marco Baptistawith the Michael J. Fox Foundation in New York is the principle investigator for a National Lab investigation to evaluate†growth of protein crystalsimplicated in Parkinsonís disease. Crystals grown in space are larger, enabling more detailed analysis to help define the proteinís exact shape and morphology and help scientists better understand the diseaseís pathology.
  • Negar Rajabiat Cemscia, LLC, is principle investigator for National Lab research to test†a novel approach of using particles of calcium-silicate to†synthesize membranesas thin as a human hair. These particles can separate carbon dioxide molecules from air or other gases, technology that could aid in removing carbon dioxide from waste gases to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.†††

To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Joshua Finch at 202-358-1100 or†joshua.a.finch@nasa.gov†by 10 a.m. Nov. 8 for dial-in information.

Northrop Grumman is targeting Thursday, Nov. 15, for its 10th contracted mission under NASAís Commercial Resupply Services contract. The Cygnus spacecraft will launch on an Antares rocket†from†the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceportís†pad 0A at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, carrying scientific research, crew supplies, and hardware to the orbiting laboratory to support the stationís Expedition 57 and 58 crews.

For launch countdown coverage, NASAís launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/northropgrumman

For more information on the science, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/ng-10_research_highlights


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