NASA and SpaceX plan to launch the agency’s upcoming investigation at 8:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 14th, to monitor climate change at the International Space Station. The mission, NASA’s Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation (EMIT), will fly aboard SpaceX’s 25th commercial resupply services mission to the orbital laboratory.
SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will be launched from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to perform new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew, involving a further climate research investigation.
Live coverage will be broadcasted on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. The pre-launch events are going to start on Wednesday, July 13th.
Dragon is supposed to carry more than 5,800 pounds of cargo, containing a variety of NASA investigations like EMIT, which will observe the composition of mineral dust from Earth’s dry regions and evaluate the dust that is carried through the atmosphere from deserts to detect what consequences it has on the planet, further expanding NASA’s data contributions to monitoring climate change.
Other investigations include assessing the aging of immune cells and the potential to undo those effects during postflight recovery, a CubeSat that is going to monitor cloud top and ocean surface temperatures which might assist the scientists in observing the Earth’s climate and weather systems, and a student experiment analyzing a concrete alternative for potential use in future lunar and Martian habitats.
Arrival at the station is planned for approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 16th. Dragon will land autonomously at the forward-facing part of the station’s Harmony module, with NASA astronauts Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines regulating operations from the station.