Editor’s note: This media announcement was updated on July 7 and contains the following information: The unloading of SpaceX CRS22 is scheduled to take place at 10:35 am EST on Thursday, July 8, and NASA TV coverage is scheduled to start at 10 am NASA and SpaceX The Flight Control team continues to monitor the weather and jam locations. Certain parameters such as wind speed and wave height must be within a certain range to ensure the safety of the recovery team, science and spacecraft. There are other opportunities on July 9th and 10th. The space cargo ship was originally scheduled to depart earlier this week, but was delayed due to weather conditions off the coast of Florida.
Editor’s note: This media bulletin was updated on July 6th and contains the following information: Due to extreme weather forecasts on the Florida coast, the undock of SpaceX CRS22 is no longer scheduled on Wednesday, July 7th. NASA and SpaceX flight control teams continue to monitor the weather and landing sites, and are prepared to support the disengagement of the “Dragon” cargo spacecraft under safe conditions. Certain parameters such as wind speed and wave height must be within a certain range to ensure the safety of the recovery team, science and spacecraft. The next opportunity to undo the docking is at 10:35 AM Eastern Time on Thursday, July 8, and NASA TV coverage is scheduled to begin at 10 AM. There are other opportunities on July 9th and 10th. NASA will provide the latest information on the date of unloading on July 7 after the weather report.
NASA’s SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, loaded with approximately 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and other cargo from the International Space Station, will take off on Tuesday, July 6 and splash down in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, July 8, completing the company’s construction. NASA’s 22nd commercial refueling service mission. Live coverage of the
takeoff will begin on NASA TV, agency websites, and NASA apps at 10:45 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 6. NASA will not cover the landing.
SpaceX ground controllers in Hawthorne, California will order the Dragon to leave the spaceport on the Harmony module of the space station at 11 am, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough will monitor the space station. After five minutes, the cargo ship will be physically separated from the space station, and then turn on the propeller to move to a safe distance, and then desorption and combustion will begin to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere. Dragon is expected to make an assisted parachute landing around 12 am. Thursday, July 8. The
splash from the Florida coast caused science to be rapidly transmitted in the capsule to NASA’s space station processing facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and then returned to the researchers. This shorter transportation time allows researchers to collect data with the sample minimally affected by gravity. The
Dragon was launched on June 3 by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedys 39A launch site and arrived at the space station 16 hours later. The spacecraft delivered more than 7,300 pounds of research, crew supplies, and vehicle hardware to the orbital outpost. Dragon’s external cargo “trunk” contains six new ISS RollOut (iROSA) solar arrays, two of which are members of Expedition 65 Kimbrough crew and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, on June 16 Installed in three spacewalks, 20 and 25. Some of the scientific research that
Dragon will return to Earth includes:
Freeze Drying2 studies how gravity affects freeze dried materials and can improve freeze drying processes in the pharmaceutical and other industries. Freeze-drying also has potential use for long-term storage of drugs and other resources in future scouting missions.
Molecular Muscle Experiment 2 tested a number of drugs to see if they can improve health in space and may lead to new therapeutic targets being examined on Earth.
Oral Biofilm in Space Investigates how gravity affects the structure, composition and activity of oral bacteria in the presence of common oral care agents. Research results may support the development of new treatments to combat oral diseases such as cavities, gingivitis, and periodontitis.

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