A Bridge Above: 20 Years of the International Space Station
"What if we built a bridge, between and above all nations, to jointly discover the galaxy's great unknowns?" Join us this fall as we prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station. As a global endeavor, 240 people from 19 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory, which has hosted more than 2,800 research investigations from scientists in over 100 nations.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and leadership from NASA and SpaceX discuss the upcoming SpaceX Crew-1 mission, which will be the first crew rotational flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are targeted to launch on Oct. 31 at 2:40 a.m. EDT aboard the Crew Dragon from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Tune in LIVE as three space travelers launch to the International Space Station on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 1:45 a.m. EDT.
Astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA, and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will lift off aboard the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft for a two-orbit, three-hour journey to dock to the orbiting laboratory. Live coverage of the launch begins at 12:45 a.m. EDT.
This is the second trip to space for both Rubins and Ryzhikov, and the first for Kud-Sverchkov. During their six-month mission, they will welcome SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA, and Soichi Noguchi of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). Northrop Grumman successfully launched four tons of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station, including a female-friendly $23 million space toilet, on Friday night. The first attempt to launch the Cygnus space station cargo ship atop an Antares rocket Thursday evening was aborted minutes before liftoff. Watch the launch here. Tune in to watch live as Northrop Grumman launches its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft on a resupply mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff is currently targeted for 10:27 p.m. EDT from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Payloads on board Cygnus include research to help identify targeted cancer therapies, a new space toilet, a crop of radishes that will grow in the station's advanced plant habitat, a virtual reality camera that will capture a future spacewalk, and more.