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NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., will launch two life science experiments to the International Space Station aboard NASA's next commercial cargo resupply flight of the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). This will be the company’s sixth commercial resupply mission to the space station delivering several tons of supplies, including science experiments and technology research under the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA to the Space Station. SpaceX will launch its Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:33 p.m. EDT, April 10 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.
The research missions include Microbial Tracking-1, a study of the airborne and surface-associated populations of microorganisms aboard the International Space Station, and Rodent Research-2, the second flight of NASA's rodent research system that will include a commercial research investigation sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).
You are invited to attend the NASA Ames SpaceX 6 launch event, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 13 in room 171 at Building 152, in the NASA Research Park. The NASA Ames Research Center’s Office of Education and Public Outreach will host a live broadcast of the launch on a screen in the showroom, with informational booths and guest lectures from NASA’s team of scientists, engineers and researchers highlighted by the Space Biosciences team as they discuss the life sciences payloads on the current mission, and the importance of the work and research completed on the ISS. Please print out or have an electronic copy of your ticket for entry. The first 300 attendees will be able to view the event from inside bldg. 152.
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NASA's Ames Research Center
NASA's Ames Research Center, located at Moffett Field, California, was founded Dec. 20, 1939, as an aircraft research laboratory by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and in 1958 it became part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Ames, one of 10 NASA field installations, is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley at the core of the research cluster of high-tech companies, universities and laboratories that define the region's character. With over $3 billion in capital equipment, 2,300 research personnel and a $600 million annual budget, Ames' economic impact is significant. Ames plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs.
As a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems, Ames conducts the critical R&D and develops the enabling technologies that make NASA missions possible. Ames also is a leader in nanotechnology, fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, and human factors research. Ames research in astrobiology focuses on the effects of gravity on living things, and the nature and distribution of stars, planets and life in the universe.
In addition, Ames works collaboratively with the FAA, conducting research in air traffic management to make safer, cheaper and more efficient air travel a reality. Ames engages in information and education outreach, forms collaborative partnerships, and fosters commercial application of NASA technologies. Ames is developing NASA Research Park, an integrated, dynamic research and education community created to cultivate diverse partnerships with academia, industry and non-profit organizations in support of NASA's mission.