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  • Space Gardening Aboard Station Ahead of Spacewalks
    by Mark Garcia on November 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    The Expedition 61 crewmembers started taking turns “weighing in” Wednesday before a slew of space gardening and life science activities. The orbital residents are also nearing the start of a series of spacewalks to repair the International Space Station’s cosmic particle detector. Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion allows for the calculation of mass in […]

  • Crew Preps for Friday Spacewalk During Continuous Science
    by Mark Garcia on November 12, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    The International Space Station’s cosmic particle detector, in operation since 2011, will get its first repair job during a series of spacewalks set to start this Friday. The Expedition 61 crew is gearing up for the spacewalk while ensuring ongoing advanced space research. Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) will lead at least […]

  • Crew Focuses on Cosmic Repair Spacewalks, Practices Medical Emergency
    by Catherine Williams on November 8, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    The Expedition 61 crew is focusing on a complex series of spacewalks set to start soon to repair a cosmic particle detector. The orbital residents also conducted an emergency drill aboard the International Space Station today. Astronauts Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan are familiarizing themselves with new spacewalking gear delivered aboard the Cygnus space freighter. […]

  • Expedition 61 Crew Servicing Spacesuits and Science Hardware Today
    by Mark Garcia on November 7, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    The Expedition 61 crew serviced a variety of science and life support hardware today aboard the International Space Station. U.S. spacesuits are also being readied for a series upcoming cosmic repair spacewalks. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) will enter the vacuum of space on Nov. 15 to […]

  • Blood Pressure, DNA Studies as Astronauts Prep for Complex Spacewalk Repairs
    by Mark Garcia on November 6, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    The Expedition 61 crew explored how microgravity is affecting a variety of biological processes in humans and microbes today. Two astronauts are also gearing up for tentatively planned spacewalks to repair a cosmic particle detector. Aging on Earth and living in space impacts an individual’s blood pressure with some astronauts experiencing stiffened arteries after returning […]

  • Astronauts Unload U.S. Resupply Ship to Continue Advanced Space Research
    by Mark Garcia on November 5, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    A new U.S. resupply ship is open for business and the Expedition 61 crew has begun unloading over four tons of new science experiments and station hardware. Two astronauts are also studying advanced repair techniques for a cosmic particle detector attached the International Space Station. The astronauts opened the hatches on Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus resupply […]

  • Cygnus Resupply Ship Attached to Unity for Cargo Operations
    by Mark Garcia on November 4, 2019 at 11:31 am

    After its capture this morning at 4:10 a.m. EST, the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft was bolted into place on the International Space Station’s Earth-facing port of the Unity module at 6:21 a.m. At the time of installation, Cygnus was flying over the south Pacific. This mission, designated NG CRS-12, will be in orbit at the same […]

  • Astronaut Jessica Meir and Christina Koch Capture Cygnus with Station’s Robotic Arm
    by Mark Garcia on November 4, 2019 at 9:17 am

    At 4:10 a.m. EST, Expedition 61 NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch of NASA used the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2 to grapple the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft as NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan monitored Cygnus systems during its approach. Next, ground controllers will command the station’s arm to rotate and install Cygnus, dubbed the S.S. Alan Bean, on the bottom […]

  • NASA TV Broadcasts Cygnus Arrival at Station on Monday
    by Mark Garcia on November 3, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    A Northrop Grumman cargo ship carrying about 8,200 pounds of science and research investigations, supplies, and hardware is set to arrive to the International Space Station early Monday morning. The uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft launched at 9:59 a.m. EDT Saturday, Nov. 2 on an Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. When Cygnus, dubbed the S.S. Alan Bean, arrives to the space station […]

  • Solar Arrays Deployed, Cygnus Powered Up for Space Delivery
    by Mark Garcia on November 2, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    The solar arrays have successfully deployed on Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft that is on its way to deliver about 8,200 pounds of science and research, crew supplies, and hardware to the International Space Station. This is the company’s 12th contracted cargo resupply mission with NASA. This mission, designated NG-12, will be in orbit at the […]