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NASA’s SpaceX 30th Resupply Mission to Launch Experiments

NASA and the agency’s international partners are sending scientific investigations to the International Space Station on the 30th SpaceX commercial resupply services mission, including tests of technologies to monitor sea ice, automate 3D mapping, and create nanoparticle solar cells. 

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Small plants grow in rows of small containers that are blue on the bottom and white plastic at the top. The containers sit in clear pans on either side of a divider inside a large open box and are bathed in red light
Seedlings germinating for the APEX-09 C4 Space investigation.
Pubudu Handakumbura

NASA Invites Media to First Astronaut Launch Aboard Boeing’s Starliner

As part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, the agency opened media accreditation for the launch of NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station. The mission will be the company’s first Starliner spacecraft mission with crew.

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Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft approaches the International Space Station on May 20, 2022.
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Neurological Organoids, Plant Growth Planned for Expedition 71

Studies of neurological organoids, plant growth, and shifts in body fluids are among the scientific investigations that NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, Michael Barratt, Jeanette Epps, and Tracy C. Dyson will help support aboard the International Space Station as part of Expedition 71. The crew members are targeting launch to the space station in February and March.

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The image is covered by flower-like clusters of pale white and blue cells connected by reddish nerves.
Brain organoid cells from the previous investigation Cosmic Brain Organoids are made of cells from people with Parkinson’s Disease and primary progressive multiple sclerosis.
New York Stem Cell Research Institute

Flame Burns Out on NASA’s Long-Running Spacecraft Fire Experiment

NASA recently concluded the final mission of its Spacecraft Fire Safety Experiment, or Saffire, putting a blazing end to an eight-year series of investigations that provided insights into fire’s behavior in space.

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A sample of fabric burns inside Spacecraft Fire Experiment-IV (Saffire-IV). The sample is a composite fabric made of cotton and fiberglass and is 40 cm wide. The image appears green on the right because green LED lights are used to illuminate the sample during the burn. An orange flame sits top to bottom in the center of the image with a dark region between the orange and green areas. Bright specks on a black background to the left of the orange area show the smoldering cotton that remains on the fiberglass substrate after the flame passes
A sample of fabric burns inside an uncrewed Cygnus cargo spacecraft for the Saffire-IV experiment.
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Station Research Features and Articles

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 Completes Scientific Mission on Space Station
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After months aboard the International Space Station, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 is returning to Earth. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli and Roscosmos…

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Groundbreaking Results from Space Station Science in 2023
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Lee esta historia en español aquí. The International Space Station is a microgravity research lab hosting groundbreaking technology demonstrations and…

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Resultados científicos revolucionarios en la estación espacial de 2023
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Read the article in English here. La Estación Espacial Internacional (EEI) es un laboratorio de investigación en microgravedad que alberga…

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Station Press Releases and Media Advisories

NASA Invites Media to First Astronaut Launch Aboard Boeing’s Starliner
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Editor’s note: This advisory was updated Feb. 22, 2024, to include a target launch date. As part of NASA’s Commercial…

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NASA Space Tech Spinoffs Benefit Earth Medicine, Moon to Mars Tools
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As NASA innovates for the benefit of all, what the agency develops for exploration has the potential to evolve into…

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NASA, Sierra Space Invite Media to See Spaceplane for Cargo Missions
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Editor’s note: This advisory was updated Jan. 29, 2024, to add an event participant. As part of NASA’s efforts to…

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