WATCH: NASA, SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission to ISS Launches Tonight from Kennedy Space Center

target launch time set for 8:30 p.m. EDT

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX is targeting Tuesday, March 14 for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s 27th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-27) mission to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

ABOVE VIDEO: SpaceX is targeting Tuesday, March 14 for Falcon 9’s launch of Dragon’s 27th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-27) mission to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting 8:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 14, to launch the company’s 27th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. (NASA image)

(NASA) – NASA and SpaceX are targeting 8:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 14, to launch the company’s 27th commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Liftoff will be from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Launch timing is dependent upon the undocking and return of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will deliver new science investigations, supplies, and equipment for the international crew, including NASA’s HUNCH Ball Clamp Monopod, a student-manufactured project that can make filming in space easier, and the JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Tanpopo-5 investigation which studies the origin, transportation, and survival of life in space and on extraterrestrial planets.

Dragon will also deliver the final two experiments from the National Institutes for Health and International Space Station National Laboratory’s Tissue Chips in Space initiative.

Both studies, Cardinal Heart 2.0 and Engineered Heart Tissues-2 use small devices containing living cells that mimic functions of human tissues and organs to advance the development of treatments for cardiac dysfunction.

Arrival at the station is scheduled for 8 a.m. EDT on Thursday, March 16. The spacecraft will dock autonomously to the forward-facing port of the station’s Harmony module.

Dragon is expected to spend about a month attached to the orbiting outpost before it returns to Earth with research and return cargo, splashing down off the coast of Florida.

Full coverage of this mission is as follows (all times Eastern):

Monday, March 13

■ 8 p.m. – Prelaunch media teleconference (no earlier than one hour after completion of the Launch Readiness Review) with the following participants:

■ Phil Dempsey, transportation integration manager, International Space Station Program

■ Dr. Meghan Everett, deputy chief scientist, NASA’s International Space Station Program Research Office

■ Sarah Walker, director, Dragon Mission Management, SpaceX

■ Mike McAleenen, launch weather officer, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s 45th Weather Squadron

Media may ask questions via phone only. For the dial-in number and passcode, please contact the Kennedy newsroom no later than 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 13, at: ksc-newsroom@mail.nasa.gov.

Tuesday, March 14

■ 11 a.m. – Science media teleconference with the following participants:

■ Dr. Meghan Everett, deputy chief scientist, NASA’s International Space Station Program Research Office

■ Shane Johnson, former HUNCH student and current research assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, who will discuss the HUNCH Ball Clamp Monopod experiment

■ Dr. Mita Hajime, professor at the Fukuoka Institute of Technology and principal investigator for the Tanpopo-5 experiment

■ Dr. Ralf Moeller, microbiologist at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne, Germany, and principal investigator of the BIOFILMS study

■ Devin Mair, Johns Hopkins university doctoral candidate, who will discuss Engineered Heart Tissues-2

■ Dr. Dilip Thomas, post-doctoral researcher at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, who will discuss the Cardinal Heart 2.0 investigation

■ Logan Torres, engineer at IRPI in Wilsonville, Oregon, who will discuss the CapiSorb Visible System study

■ 8 p.m. – NASA TV launch coverage begins

■ 8:30 p.m. – Launch

Thursday, March 16

■ 5:30 a.m. – NASA TV coverage begins for Dragon docking to the space station

■ 7:07 a.m. – Docking

WATCH THE LAUNCH LIVE ON SPACE COAST DAILY TV

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