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SCIENCE BFG FOR UPCOMING NG-13 CARGO MISSION TO ISS, Jan 29, 2020, virtual, 1:00 pm ET

(NASA Live)

NASA will hold a media telecon on January 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm ET to discuss the science experiments that will be delivered to the International Space Station on the Northrop Grumman-13 (NG-13) cargo mission, which is scheduled for launch on February 9, 2020.

Audio of the telecon will be available on NASA Live.

Participants are:

  • Heidi Parris, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station Program Science Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and Liz Warren, senior associate program scientist for the ISS U.S. National Laboratory, who will provide an overview of the research and technology aboard the Cygnus spacecraft.
  • Caitlin O’Connell, principal investigator, and Devin Ridgley, chief biologist, SCORPIO-V, a division of HNu Photonics, will discuss the Mobile SpaceLab, a tissue and cell culturing facility that can perform a biology experiment without the need for crew operations for as long as a month.
  • Bruce Hammer, professor of radiology at the University of Minnesota, and Louis Kidder, a research scientist in bone physiology at the University of Minnesota, will discuss OsteoOmics, which investigates the molecular mechanisms behind bone loss in microgravity.
  • Vatsan Raman, principal investigator and assistant professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, and co-investigator Heath Mills, will discuss Phage Evolution, which examines the effects of microgravity and radiation exposure on viruses that target human bacteria without harming human cells or the body’s beneficial bacteria population. The investigation results could ultimately help protect the health of astronauts on future missions.
  • David Urban, principal investigator, and Gary Ruff, project manager, will discuss the Spacecraft Fire Experiment-IV (Saffire-IV) investigation, which will examine the development and growth of a fire in different materials and environmental conditions.


January 29
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm