NASA Highlights Climate Research on Cargo Launch, Sets Coverage


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 3:14 a.m. on Aug. 29, 2021, carrying the Dragon spacecraft on its journey to the International Space Station for NASA and SpaceX’s 23rd commercial resupply services mission. Dragon delivered new science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the crew aboard the orbiting laboratory.
Credits: NASA/Kevin O’Connell and Kenny Allen

*Editor’s note: The Climate Conversation prelaunch event on Wednesday, July 13, begins at 2 p.m.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 8:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 14, to launch the agency’s next investigation to monitor climate change to 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 lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew, including a new climate research investigation.

Live coverage will air on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website, with prelaunch events starting Wednesday, July 13.

Dragon will carry more than 5,800 pounds of cargo, including a variety of NASA investigations like EMIT, which will identify the composition of mineral dust from Earth’s arid regions and analyze dust carried through the atmosphere from deserts to see what effects it has on the planet, further advancing NASA’s data contributions to monitoring climate change.

Other investigations include studying the aging of immune cells and the potential to reverse those effects during postflight recovery, a CubeSat that will monitor cloud top and ocean surface temperatures which could help scientists understand Earth’s climate and weather systems, and a student experiment testing a concrete alternative for potential use in future lunar and Martian habitats.

Arrival to the station is scheduled for approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 16. Dragon will dock autonomously to the forward-facing port of the station’s Harmony module, with NASA astronauts Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines monitoring operations from the station.

The spacecraft is expected to spend about a month attached to the orbiting outpost before it returns to Earth with research and return cargo, splashing down off the coast of Florida.

The deadline has passed for media accreditation for in-person coverage of this launch. More information about media accreditation is available by emailing: NASA’s media accreditation policy for on-site and virtual activities is available online. The agency will provide further details to those credentialed media, including COVID-19 safety protocols.

Full coverage of this mission is as follows (all times Eastern). Coverage is subject to change based on real-time operational activities. Follow the International Space Station blog for updates.

Wednesday, July 13

2 p.m. – Climate Conversation on NASA TV with the following participants:

  • Kate Calvin, NASA chief scientist and climate advisor 
  • Heidi Parris, associate scientist, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • Mike Roberts, chief scientist, ISS National Lab
  • Rob Green, JPL senior research scientist and EMIT principal investigator
  • Paula do Vale Pereira, BeaverCube, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A limited number of seats inside the auditorium at Kennedy will be available to on-site journalists on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional journalists wishing to participate may dial in. For the dial-in number and passcode, please contact the Kennedy newsroom no later than 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at:

8 p.m. – Prelaunch media teleconference (no earlier than one hour after completion of the Launch Readiness Review) with the following participants:

  • Dana Weigel, deputy program manager, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • Heidi Parris, associate scientist, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • SpaceX representative
  • Launch weather officer representative, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s 45th Weather Squadron

The teleconference will stream live at Media may ask questions via phone only. For the dial-in number and passcode, please contact the Kennedy newsroom no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 at:

Thursday, July 14

8:15 p.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins

8:44 p.m. – Launch

9:30 p.m. – Postlaunch media teleconference

  • Dina Contella, operations integration manager, International Space Station Program, NASA
  • SpaceX representative

The teleconference will livestream on the agency’s website at:

Media may ask questions via phone only. For the dial-in number and passcode, please contact the Kennedy newsroom no later than 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 14 at:

Saturday, July 16

10 a.m. – NASA TV coverage begins for Dragon docking to space station

11:20 a.m. (approximately) – Docking

NASA TV launch coverage

Live coverage of the launch on NASA TV will begin at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, July 14. For downlink information, schedules, and links to streaming video, visit:

Audio only of the news conferences and launch coverage will be carried on the NASA “V” circuits, which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On launch day, the full mission broadcast can be heard on -1220 and -1240, while the countdown net only can be heard on -1260 and -7135 beginning approximately one hour before the mission broadcast begins.

On launch day, a “clean feed” of the launch without NASA TV commentary will be carried on the NASA TV media channel.

NASA website launch coverage

Launch day coverage of the mission will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates beginning no earlier than 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, as the countdown milestones occur. On-demand streaming video and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. For questions about countdown coverage, contact the Kennedy newsroom: at 321-867-2468. Follow countdown coverage on our launch blog at:

Attend the launch virtually

Members of the public can register to attend this launch virtually. Registrants will receive mission updates and activities by email. NASA’s virtual guest program for this mission also includes curated launch resources, notifications about related opportunities, and a virtual guest passport stamp following a successful launch.

Watch and engage on social media

Let people know you’re following the mission on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by using the hashtags #Dragon and #NASASocial. You can also stay connected by following and tagging these accounts:

Twitter: @NASA@NASAKennedy@NASASocial@Space_Station@ISS_Research@ISS National Lab

Facebook: NASANASAKennedyISSISS National Lab

Instagram: @NASA@NASAKennedy@ISS@ISSNationalLab

Learn more about NASA’s SpaceX resupply missions at:

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July 10, 2022 2:55 am


Reply to  Vuk
July 10, 2022 4:03 am


Reply to  fretslider
July 10, 2022 4:14 am

I could edit my comment, but regretfully I could not completely delete it; to compound my misdid I did it twice, I suggest a 24 hr ban would teach me a lesson.

Reply to  Vuk
July 10, 2022 4:23 am

Self-flagellation isn’t always the answer, when in doubt throw in a joke

July 10, 2022 3:01 am


Reply to  Vuk
July 10, 2022 4:54 am

Space X, Elon Musk & Tesla, not Tesla the EV, but Nikola Tesla the scientist & inventor. It is not widely known but Musk is one of the greatest admirers of the Serbian genius.
Nikola Tesla was born on today’s day 166 years ago (10 July,1856)

July 10, 2022 3:09 am

This mission and this satellite is a good illustration of the harm that this global warming nonsense is doing. What does a satellite like this cost? Because of buried costs and tricky accounting probably no one knows the real price of this satellite. Let’s say just for the sake of argument that the satellite costs say ten million dollars. (It probably is way more.) While it is doing research if you remove the global warming hoax it is research of minimal value. If there was no global warming hoax the satellite probably wouldn’t be funded. And if the satellite weren’t built or launched that ten million dollars either wouldn’t be spent or would be spent where it might actually help people.

There is a lot you could do with ten million dollars. Ten million dollars could probably build five brand new high schools for two million dollars each. That would help educate thousands of children for years to come. Or it could feed and provide shelter for every homeless person who is hungry and lost. Or it could finance new cancer research and maybe save some lives. How many books could it buy for how many libraries? If properly used ten million dollars could do a lot of good. Even if it were used to lower taxes it would help people. Instead it is sunk into a piece of shiny hardware. The end result of this ten million dollars will a learned paper with inconclusive results that no one will ever read. Multiply that by thousands of other garbage projects and garbage careers and what you have is an enormous waste of resources and possibilities.

Realistically there is no global warming. I don’t see any change in the weather. All I see is a lot of astrology, superstition and virtue signaling. Instead of global warming there are just natural variations in the weather and we don’t have any control over the weather. Don’t kid yourself that these people are virtuous and are doing good. They are no better than common thieves and social parasites. Rob a bank and steal ten million dollars and you go to prison if you are caught. Get the government to build a useless satellite and you are saving the planet.

Reply to  Marty
July 10, 2022 4:39 am

Realistically there is no global warming.

On average there is global warming.

Southern ocean has cooled in the last 40 years continuing a long trend that started about 500 years ago.

The Equatorial zone has next to no cooling or warming because it is close to the upper limit of ocean surface temperature of 30C.

The Northen Hemisphere has gradually increasing solar intensity as perihelion progresses slowly toward the boreal summer solstice.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  RickWill
July 10, 2022 6:10 am

Regardless of what the latest data shows, it’s this graph of yours that let’s me sleep like
a baby at night!

Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 10, 2022 3:17 pm

I am glad someone gets it. I maintain the effort to present climate reality. The attached shows the temperature response of ocean surfaces to solar EMR. It includes the area of surface subject to the EMR and I show the different zones of response; four in the atmosphere and one on the ocean surface.

This is for a whole year. The very small area above 30C actually has less solar EMR than that limiting to 30C due to the effects of land. The warmest region is just east of Lae in PNG.

The temperature plot shows how distinct the cut-off is at 30C.

Reply to  Marty
July 10, 2022 5:33 am

NASA never really had a purpose. The moon landing was every bit a silly as the climate change focus of today. Space for weather, communications, military surveillance satellites makes sense. The rest of their “mission”, whether climate change or the search for life on Mars, is just boondoggle.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  tgasloli
July 10, 2022 6:51 am

NASA’s mission was a political response to Sputnik which made the USA look inferior in a
Cold War where winning & imaging were everything. Kennedy’s goal of putting a man on
the moon united the country which made getting a lot of $$$ for it quite easy in what ended
up being both a political & scientific victory for us. After that, the political aspect subsided &
the scientific purposes took over, which is why it eventually faded.

While climate change is a boondoggle itself, spending some money on scientific research
itself may be a worthy cause. If travel to Mars isn’t a worthy cause, then NASA could be

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Marty
July 10, 2022 5:46 am

What the heck is NASA doing launching rockets? I thought they were all about teaching CRT,
affirming gender equity (Where are their preferred pronouns?), fighting inherent racism in science, &
correcting all social injustices- real, potential & imagined. Climate change is not enough reason to
launch a rocket as it glorifies inherent racism!

Phil Salmon
Reply to  Old Man Winter
July 10, 2022 6:36 am

launch a rocket as it glorifies inherent racism!

Not to mention male braggadocio

Dave Fair
Reply to  Phil Salmon
July 10, 2022 8:56 am

My wife noticed that one right off. Men will fade into obscurity if those don’t continue to get lift-off.

Speaking of my wife, she says men are only good for two things. One of them is lifting heavy objects.

July 10, 2022 4:02 am

Apparently, MIT’s ‘space bubbles’ can reverse climate change, so why is NASA bothering?

“MIT Space Bubbles Would Fully Reverse Global Warming”

Phil Salmon
July 10, 2022 4:14 am

NASA launches its Climate Cargo Cult – sets coverage.

Bloke down the pub
July 10, 2022 4:50 am

For a more enjoyable coverage of the mission and launch/booster recovery, I can recommend NASASpaceflight – YouTube They are independent and not part of NASA but have more knowledgeable presenters.

Carlo, Monte
July 10, 2022 5:09 am

The climate inside the astronaut hotel is changing?

This can’t be good.

Reply to  Carlo, Monte
July 10, 2022 5:44 am

Russia releases photo of cosmonauts holding Luhansk flag on ISS…

Tom Abbott
Reply to  fretslider
July 10, 2022 5:35 pm

Putin wants Alaska back now.

Jon R
July 10, 2022 8:53 am

Let me guess the outcome. Much much worse than originally thought.

Dave Fair
July 10, 2022 9:00 am

I guess its too much to ask for people to measure the dust with ground-based instruments downwind from deserts.

Greg S.
July 10, 2022 12:09 pm

Yet another huge waste of taxpayer dollars (the climate crap).

July 10, 2022 2:18 pm

How much CO2 does each launch produce, or does it use hydrogen/oxygen as a fuel?
Also how many tons of fuel are used per ton of payload?

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