NASA and SpaceX Collaborate for 28th Commercial Resupply Mission

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NASA and SpaceX have set their sights on Sunday, June 4, at 12:12 p.m. EDT for the launch of SpaceX’s 28th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The launch will take place at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This highly anticipated event will be broadcast live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website. Pre-launch events will commence on Friday, June 2.

The Dragon spacecraft developed by SpaceX will carry a variety of supplies, including new science investigations, food, and equipment for the international crew on board the ISS. Of particular significance are the next pair of IROSAs (International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays), which will enhance the space station’s energy-production capabilities. Once installed, these solar panels are expected to generate over 20 kilowatts of electricity each, contributing to a 30% increase in power production compared to the station’s existing arrays.

The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to dock autonomously at the station’s zenith port of the Harmony module on Tuesday, June 6, at 5:50 a.m. It will remain attached to the ISS for approximately one month before returning to Earth with research and return cargo. The return journey will conclude with a splashdown off the coast of Florida.

While the media accreditation deadline for in-person coverage of the launch has passed, individuals can follow the mission through NASA’s comprehensive coverage. The agency’s website will provide live streaming, blog updates, and on-demand video and photos of the launch. Furthermore, interested parties can participate virtually by registering for NASA’s virtual guest program, which offers mission updates, curated launch resources, and the opportunity to receive a virtual guest passport stamp upon a successful launch.


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