KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (June 28, 2015) – Below is a statement from the ISS National Lab President & Executive Director Gregory H. Johnson on the loss of the SpaceX CRS-7 vehicle:
“This morning, an anomaly took place on the SpaceX Dragon vehicle as it intended to send research and supplies to the International Space Station. While it is disappointing to all involved, the ISS National Lab is determined to work with our launch partners at SpaceX and NASA to ensure future flight opportunities. Our mission of advancing research knowledge is not without risk, but we firmly believe that the potential discoveries are worth the peril. We remain steadfastly committed to facilitating access to the station for research initiatives committed to benefiting life on Earth.”
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About the ISS National Lab: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (the ISS National Lab) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. the ISS National Lab is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and well-being of people and our planet. For more information, visit www.issnationallab.org.
About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation’s newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low Earth orbit, and varied environments of space.
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