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NASA to Host a Pair of Briefings for Starliner Crew Flight

NASA will host two media opportunities on Thursday, April 25, in preparation for the agency’s Boeing Crew Flight Test to the International Space Station. The mission is targeting launch at 10:34 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 6, from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

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NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams prepare for their mission in the company’s Starliner spacecraft simulator at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams prepare for their mission in the company’s Starliner spacecraft simulator at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
NASA/Robert Markowitz

Loral O’Hara, Expedition 70 Science Highlights

NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara is returning home after six months aboard the International Space Station. During her time on the orbiting laboratory, O’Hara contributed to dozens of scientific investigations and technology demonstrations.

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NASA astronaut and Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Loral O'Hara poses in front of the Kibo laboratory module's Advanced Plant Habitat housing tomato plants for an experiment investigating how the plant immune system adapts to spaceflight and how spaceflight affects plant production.
NASA astronaut and Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Loral O’Hara poses in front of the Kibo laboratory module’s Advanced Plant Habitat.
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NASA Shares Medical Expertise with New Space Station Partners

NASA is opening access to space for more people by working with private industry on the development of new commercial space stations for low Earth orbit where the agency’s astronauts could fly in the future.

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NASA experts from the Commercial Low Earth Orbit Development Program and Human Health and Performance Directorate with the agency’s commercial space station partners at the medical operations meeting series at Johnson Space Center in Houston (from top to bottom, left to right: Ben Easter, Dan Buckland, Tom Marshburn, Brian Musselman, Ted Duchesne, Darren Locke, Stephen Hart, Dana Levin, Liz Warren, Kris Lehnhardt, Kristin Coffey, Mary Van Baalan, Molly McCormick, Stephanne Plogger, John Allen, Brad Rhodes, Kimberly-Michelle Price Lowe, Lindsey Hieb, Anna Grinberg, Jay Boucher, Rahul Suresh, Jackeylynn Silva-Martinez, Melinda Hailey, Joey Arias, Wayne Surrett).
NASA experts from the Commercial Low Earth Orbit Development Program and Human Health and Performance Directorate with the agency’s commercial space station partners at the medical operations meeting series at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
NASA/David DeHoyos

Science in Space – March 2024

Optical Fiber Production

Optical fibers are used on Earth and in space for applications in medicine, defense, cybersecurity, and telecommunications. Parabolic research showed that optical fibers produced in microgravity can be higher quality than those made in normal gravity, and the International Space Station provides a potential platform for commercial production of these fibers. 

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image of an astronaut posing next to 3D printer aboard the space station
JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Norishige Kanai with the Made in Space fiber optics hardware.
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Station Research Features and Articles

Climate Change Research
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Science in Space: April 2024 Everyone on Earth is touched by the effects of climate change, such as hotter temperatures,…

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Astronauts To Patch Up NASA’s NICER Telescope
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NASA is planning to repair NICER (Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer), an X-ray telescope on the International Space Station, during…

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NASA Astronaut Loral O’Hara, Expedition 70 Science Highlights
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NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara is returning home after six months aboard the International Space Station. During her time on the…

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Station Press Releases and Media Advisories

NASA to Host a Pair of Briefings for Starliner Crew Flight
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Editor’s note: This media advisory was updated Thursday, April 18, 2024, to reflect a change in the participant list. NASA…

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New York Students to Hear from NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station
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Students from Syracuse City School District and Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, will have an opportunity this week…

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NASA Astronaut Loral O’Hara to Discuss Space Station Mission
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After spending six-and-a-half-months aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara will participate in a news conference at 10:45…

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