Category Archives: ISS

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.

Expedition 55 Launch – Replay

The Expedition 55 crew is launching to the International Space Station.

Launch time: 17:44 UT / 13:44 ET

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

Crew: NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Thanks to Space Videos for the replay.

Launching to the ISS Today

Launching today to the International Space Station.

Launch time: 13:44 ET / 17:44 UTC / 23:44 Baikonur time

Coverage here should start about an hour before launch. See you then!

wo American astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut are ready for their journey to the International Space Station that begins on Wednesday, March 21. Live coverage will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, are set to launch in the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft at 1:44 p.m. EDT (11:44 p.m. Kazakhstan time) March 21.

After a two-day flight, the new crew members will dock to the station’s Poisk docking module at 3:41 p.m. Friday, March 23. About two hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and the new residents will be greeted as part of the Expedition 55 crew by station commander Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Delivering A New Crew!

After a two day journey Soyuz commander and Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, JAXA Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai and NASA astronaut Scott D. Tingle arrive at the International Space Station. Well done.

VITA Mission Wrap-up

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli from Italy will shortly be returning to Earth after a long-duration stay on board the International Space Station participating in the mission known as VITA ( or ‘life’ in Italian).

Paolo is set to return to Earth on 14 December 2017 together with his crewmates, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky. The landing with the Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled to take place as 08:38 GMT (09:38 CET).

Space Debris Sensor

Next week there will be a couple of launches. One in particular will be on 04 December when Space X will be sending a cargo-spaceship to the International Space Station (ISS).

Among the more interesting items on the manifest is the Space Debris Sensor or SDS which will be installed on the outside of the ISS. The sensor has a one square meter area and will directly measure orbital debris impacts. Very interesting and super important. The image above is an impact on one of the window’s within the space station’s Cupola.

Have a look at this and other items/studies that are pretty amazing;  although I am not too sure about the Self-assembling and Self-replicating materials experiment — mostly because of one of my favorite authors:  Michael Crichton.

Image: NASA / ISS