Category Archives: ISS

Florence from the ISS

Florence is not as strong as it could have been, the problem with this is everybody thinks in terms of wind speed and sure 160 kmh (100 mph) is much-much better than 225 kmh (140 mph). No doubt about it but the BIG problem, apathy aside, is the water and the very slow motion of this storm, days of rain, flooding rains for days!

Apathy? Well yes, that happens when earlier reports were for those 225 kmh winds and then they are “only” 160, people could let down their guard — it’s very common.

People, please be careful around creeks and rivers and road washes. Seriously this is a very acute danger, BE CAREFUL! DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODING ROADS!

Ok, I’m off my soapbox.

Florence – Big Trouble

International Space Station Astronaut Ricky Arnold shared this image of Hurricane Florence a couple of days ago (Sept. 10).  Credit: NASA

If you are in the in the warned areas of this very dangerous storm please be safe. I remember a storm named Hugo some years ago and Florence could be about as devastating – let’s hope not.

I have heard rain potential in some areas to exceed 45 cm plus the winds apparently could hinder drainage in the coastal areas.  That’s before, during and after dealing with winds around 225 kmh / 140 mph.

Some areas could feel the start of the storm later tonight and certainly by tomorrow morning.

Space Station Leak Update

To update the pressure link on the International Space Station have a look at this entry on the current status.

I keep hearing this leak is in the station itself however the update says it is in the Soyuz MS-09 attached to the station.  That’s scary!  2 millimeters is small but not that small.

Horizons is a Go

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst having previously flown on the ISS in 2014 is making a return trip to the International Space Station in the Horizons Mission. Gerst will also take command of the space station in the second part of the mission. He only the second ESA astronaut to do so.

Gerst will join NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft for the ride up. Gerst previously flew on the ISS in 2014.

According to ESA: “The mission is called Horizons as a symbol for the unknown and what lies beyond. As part of all Space Station missions, scientific experiments make up a large part of the astronauts’ time to broaden our horizons as humankind. ”

The Next Mission for Alexander Gerst

Alexander Gerst will join US astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev for a trip to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-09. Gerst will take command of the space station.

Launch Reminder

First a reminder the TESS Mission will (maybe) launch later today.

Liftoff scheduled for 22:51 UTC today that’s 18:51 ET. Coverage to begin 15 minutes prior to launch.

So the image above is another instrument which will make its way to the International Space Station this summer. ECOSTRESS is one of those experiments that is none too soon considering longer termed space travel is not far away.

NASA’s ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) arrives at Kennedy Space Center in preparation for launch to the space station this summer.

ECOSTRESS, a new instrument that will provide a unique, space-based measurement of how plants respond to changes in water availability has arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to begin final preparations for launch to the International Space Station this summer aboard a cargo resupply mission.

ECOSTRESS left NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on April 6, 2018 by ground transport and arrived at Kennedy Space Center on April 9. 2018.

JPL built and manages the ECOSTRESS mission for NASA’s Earth Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate in Washington. ECOSTRESS is sponsored by NASA’s Earth System Science Pathfinder program, managed by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.