Members of an ISS Science Panel on Model Organisms brief media representatives in Kennedy Space Center’s Press Site auditorium in preparation for the launch of the SpaceX CRS-4 mission to resupply the International Space Station. From left are Stephanie Schierholz, NASA Public Affairs, Marshall Porterfield, division director, Space Life and Physical Sciences, HEOMD, Shiela Neilsen, principal investigator, Micro-8, University of Montana, Sharmila Bhattacharya, principal investigator, Ames Student Fruit-Fly Experiment, NASA Ames Research Center, and Ruth Globus, project scientist, Rodent Habitat/Rodent Research-1, NASA Ames.
The mission is the fourth of 12 SpaceX flights NASA contracted with the company to resupply the space station. It will be the fifth trip by a Dragon spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory. The spacecraft’s 2.5 tons of supplies, science experiments, and technology demonstrations include critical materials to support 255 science and research investigations that will occur during the station's Expeditions 41 and 42. Liftoff is targeted for an instantaneous window at 2:14 a.m. EDT. To learn more about the mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/launch/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann