NASA Astronaut Loral O'Hara to Discuss Space Station Mission

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2024 ~ NASA astronaut Loral O'Hara has returned to Earth after spending six-and-a-half months aboard the International Space Station. On Monday, April 15 at 10:45 a.m. EDT, she will participate in a news conference at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The news conference will be broadcasted live on various platforms including NASA+, NASA Television, the NASA app, YouTube, and the agency's website. For those interested in streaming through social media, instructions can be found on how to access NASA TV.

Media personnel who wish to attend the event in person must contact the NASA Johnson newsroom by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Those who wish to participate virtually must contact the newsroom at least two hours before the start of the event. The agency's media accreditation policy is available online and questions can also be submitted on social media using #AskNASA.

O'Hara embarked on her space journey on September 15, 2023 alongside Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub. She returned to Earth on April 6 with Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and spaceflight participant Marina Vasilevskaya of Belarus. Novitskiy and Vasilevskaya launched with NASA astronaut Tracy C. Dyson to the station aboard the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft on March 23.

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During her first spaceflight, O'Hara spent a total of 204 days in space, completed 3,264 orbits of the Earth, and traveled approximately 86.5 million miles. She witnessed eight visiting spacecraft arrivals and seven departures, including both crewed and cargo missions. O'Hara also completed a six-hour and forty-two-minute spacewalk.

While aboard the International Space Station, O'Hara conducted numerous science and technology activities that will benefit future exploration in space as well as life on Earth. She was one of the first astronauts to participate in the Complement of Integrated Protocols for Human Exploration Research (CIPHER) program, which studies the psychological and physiological changes humans experience during spaceflight. The data collected from astronauts on missions of different durations will aid in developing ways to protect crew health during long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars.

O'Hara also conducted experiments on bioprinting cardiac tissues in microgravity, which could advance technology for creating replacement organs and tissues for transplant on Earth. She also studied the effects of microgravity on bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells to improve our understanding of bone loss mechanisms and support the development of ways to protect both crew members and people on Earth from its effects.

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