THIS WEEK @NASA: Next Space Station Crew Trains for Launch, SpaceX Dragon Delivers More Science

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WATCH: The next space station crew trains for launch,  SpaceX Dragon delivers more science and celebrating the life of Katherine Johnson are just a few of the stories to tell you about in “This Week at NASA.” (NASA video)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA (NASA) – The next space station crew trains for launch,  SpaceX Dragon delivers more science and celebrating the life of Katherine Johnson are just a few of the stories to tell you about in “This Week at NASA.”

Next Space Station Crew Trains for Launch

The next crew headed to the International Space Station – including our Chris Cassidy – conducted final qualification training for their mission this past week in Star City, Russia.

Cassidy, Anatoly Ivanishin, and Ivan Vagner, both of Roscosmos, are scheduled for launch to the station on April 9 from Kazakhstan.

SpaceX Dragon Delivers Science to the Space Station

Our Jessica Meir, Andrew Morgan and others already aboard the station welcomed a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft on March 9.

The Dragon delivered supplies and scientific experiments, including a study on how microgravity could affect the intestines of astronauts on long-term missions to the Moon and Mars, and an experiment that could lead to regenerative treatment of various heart conditions in astronauts as well as others here on Earth.

NASA Selects First Science Instruments to Send to Gateway

On March 12, we announced that the first two scientific investigations to fly aboard our Gateway will be an instrument suite to observe solar particles and solar wind from the Sun, and an experiment to help us understand how to keep astronauts safe from radiation.

Acting as an outpost in lunar orbit, the Gateway will support surface missions on the Moon and pave the way for the human exploration of Mars.

Celebrating the Life of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

Mae Jemison, First African American Woman in Space:

“It is my honor, my privilege, and my responsibility to be here today as we acknowledge and celebrate the incredible life and legacy of Katherine Johnson.”

Former astronauts, dignitaries, and others inspired by mathematician and space pioneer Katherine Johnson attended a celebration of her life on March 7.

Johnson passed away Feb. 24 at 101 years old. She and others performed critical calculations in the early days of human spaceflight, as chronicled in the best-selling book and hit movie “Hidden Figures.”

Katherine Moore, Daughter:

“Mom, you’re taking your final trip. Safe landing. We love you.”

NASA photographer Joel Kowsky captured images of the recent supermoon as it hovered in the skies over Washington, D.C. overnight March 9 into March 10. A supermoon occurs when the Moon’s orbit is closest to Earth. The Moon will appear slightly closer the next time it reaches supermoon status on April 7.

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