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CREW-2 SCIENCE MEDIA TELECON, Apr 19, 2021, virtual, 1:00 pm ET

NASA will hold a media telecon on April 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET to discuss science experiments that will be supported by astronauts flying to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew-2 mission.

Participants are:

  • ISS U.S. National Laboratory Senior Program Director Dr. Liz Warren will discuss Tissue Engineering, which uses a combination of cells, engineering, and materials to restore, maintain, improve, or replace biological tissues. Scientists will leverage microgravity, which allows cells to grow without scaffolding and in ways that mimic tissues in the human body.
  • Dr. Lucie Low from the National Institutes of Health will discuss Tissue Chips, complex bioengineered 3D models that mimic the structure and function of human organ systems. Scientists use tissue chips to test the potential effects of drugs on those tissues and to study diseases.
  • ISS Program Scientist for Earth Observations Dr. William Stefanov will discuss Crew Earth Observations. Astronauts have taken more than 3.5 million images of Earth from the space station, contributing to one of the longest-running records of how Earth has changed over time.
  • NASA Project Manager for ISS Power Augmentation Bryan Griffith will discuss the ISS Roll-out Solar Array compact solar panels that roll open like a yoga mat. In 2017, the basic design underwent testing on the space station to determine its strength and durability, and NASA will deliver the first two of six new arrays that will be delivered this summer to augment the station’s power.

Launch of Crew-2 is scheduled for April 22 at 6:11 am ET.

All prelaunch activities, launch, and docking will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.


April 19
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm