NASA held a media teleconference on 8th August at noon for discussing the selected science investigations that would be launched. The investigations would be launched on next SpaceX which is a commercial resupply flight that is going to the International Space Station.
With the target of 13th August, SpaceX is ready for its launch of Dragon spacecraft on the rocket named Falcon 9 at the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft would be used for carrying the crew supplies, the hardware and the scientific research to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 52 and Expedition 53 crews. This is done as the 12th mission by the SpaceX under the Commercial Resupply Services Contract by NASA.
The entire teleconference will be streamed live to the audience online at nasa.gov/live
The participants of the teleconference were-
- Wheeler Chip Hardy who is aprogram manager at Kestrel Eye with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defence Command (SMDC) or the Army Forces Strategic Command. The microsatellite used for carrying the optical imaging system payload for the validation of the concept that employs the use of microsatellites in the low-Earth orbit in the support of the critical operations is known as NanoRacks-SMDC-Kestrel Eye.
- Eun-Suk Seo is the chief investigator at the University of Maryland, College Park for the CREAM or (Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass Investigation). The investigation performed will revolve around a balloon-borne instrument that would be placed aboard the International Space Station for measuring the cosmic ray charges for a time interval of three years.
- Marco Bapistais the director of the Research Programs at Michael J. Fox Foundation. Sebastian Mathea is the lead investigator of the University of Oxford, England. Together, they would discuss the matter of Crystallization of LRRK2 under the conditions of microgravity. CASIS (Center for the Advancement of science in space) is the sponsor for the investigation. The investigation can help in understanding the Parkinson’s pathology along with developing therapies.
- Michael Delp is the chief investigator at Florida State University for Rodent Research9. This research team focuses on understanding the physiological changes that occur in mice during the long-duration spaceflight mission. This is done to gain an insight into why and how the astronauts face theloss of vision and joint changes after a very long stay in space.
- Joan Nichols is the professor of the internal medicine and infectious diseases. He would be discussing the effect of microgravity on the lung tissue. The experiment involves using the microgravity environment of space for testing the strategies that can be used for growing the new lung tissue along with providing assistance in the Earth-based efforts that can repair the damaged organs and helps in reduction of organ rejection.