Category Archives: ISS

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.

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).