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March 27, 2013
NASA, SpaceX Discuss Dragon Mission to Space Station

WASHINGTON - NASA and SpaceX will host a teleconference for news media at 1 p.m. EDT, Thursday, March 28, to discuss the Tuesday return of the company's Dragon spacecraft from a cargo mission to the International Space Station.

A trove of scientific research was among more than 2 tons of cargo Dragon brought back to Earth. Included are investigations that could aid in food production during future long-duration space missions and enhance crop production on Earth. Others could help in the development of more efficient solar cells, detergents and semiconductor-based electronics. Dragon also brought back several research samples that will help scientists continue to examine how the human body reacts to long-term spaceflight. The results will have implications for future space exploration as well as benefits here on Earth.

The teleconference participants are:

- Charles Bolden, NASA administrator
- Julie Robinson, International Space Station Program scientist
- Elon Musk, chief designer and CEO, SpaceX
- Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO, SpaceX

For dial-in information, journalists must contact Trent Perrotto at trent.j.perrotto@nasa.gov or 202-358-1100 by noon EDT, Thursday, March 28.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live on NASA's website at:


For more information about NASA's International Space Station, visit:


For more information about SpaceX, visit:


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Trent J. Perrotto
Headquarters, Washington

Josh Byerly
Johnson Space Center, Houston

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