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NASA Updates Briefings for Fifth SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station

The fifth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract is scheduled to launch at 2:31 p.m. EST Tuesday, Dec. 16, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NASA Television coverage of the launch begins at 1:15 p.m.

NASA will host a series of prelaunch news conferences Monday, Dec. 15 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All briefings, which are subject to a change in time, will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

The first briefing, airing at 10 a.m., will cover the Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) Earth science instrument headed to the space station. Participants for this briefing will be:
— Julie Robinson, ISS Program chief scientist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston
— Colleen Hartman, deputy director for science at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
— Robert J. Swap, program scientist with the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington
— Matthew McGill, CATS principal investigator at Goddard

The second briefing, at 12:30 p.m., will provide up-to-date information about the launch. Participants for the prelaunch briefing will be:
— Mike Suffredini, NASA’s ISS Program manager
— Hans Koenigsmann, vice president for Mission Assurance at SpaceX
— Kathy Winters with the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida

The final briefing of the day, at 2 p.m., will cover some of the numerous science investigations headed to the space station. Participants for the science briefing will be:
— Julie Robinson, NASA’s ISS Program chief scientist
— Michael Roberts, senior research pathway manager at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, headquartered in Melbourne, Florida
— Cheryl Nickerson, Micro-5 principal investigator at Arizona State University
— Samuel Durrance, NR-SABOL principal investigator at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne

Media and the public can join the conversation using #ISScargo and #SpaceX5, and ask questions using #askNASA.

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For an updated schedule of prelaunch briefings, events and NASA TV coverage, visit:

For launch countdown coverage, NASA’s launch blog, and more information about the mission, visit:

For NASA TV schedule and video streaming information, visit:

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:


Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington
George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Dan Huot
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX