Category Archives: ISS

JAXA Docking Replay

In case you missed the docking of JAXA’s ““Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5)” on Monday

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) “Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) arrived at the International Space Station on 24 Aug.

“Kounotori” was launched on 19 August from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.

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Progress 58 Leaves ISS

If all goes well the cargo ship Progress 58 will leave the International Space Station this morning at 10:19 UTC (06:19 EDT).

The Progress 58 will undock from the Zvezda Service Module and after several hours will be deorbited by Russian controllers. Shortly after the deorbit Progress 58 will interface with the atmosphere and burn up over the Pacific Ocean.

NASA will initiate television coverage at 10:00 UTC / 6:00 EDT.

Streaming video can be found at NASA TV and hopefully here:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Lunar Transit

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We see the International Space Station against the full moon during an  transit.  Click the image to see the full image  (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)  I have tried numerous times to get a shot of  ISS during transit and have never quite pulled it off,  something always foiled the effort.   I really appreciate the good ones.

NASA Image of the Day

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Expedition 44 Docking Replay

A replay of the 23 July docking of the Expedition 44 Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station.

The Soyuz spacecraft ferried Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and flight engineers Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui to the ISS in just six hours after being launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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All Clear

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The International Space Station crew moved into the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station as a precautionary move. There was a bit of space debris in the vicinity. The debris, reportedly a piece of an old Russian weather observation satellite passed safely by the station and just minutes ago (about 12:05) was given the “All Clear”.

The crew is now in the process of opening hatches and getting back to work.

Image ESA / NASA

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All Smiles

Samantha Cristoforetti is all smiles on her return to Earth. I enjoyed following her activities during her stay aboard the ISS.

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From ESA:

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed safely on 11 June 2015 in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft. They left the International Space Station at 10:20 GMT at the end of their six-month stay on the research complex.

Terry Virtz, Anton Shkaplerov, and Samantha Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews.

Copyright ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015

 

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Welcome Home

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft 11 June 2015.

Welcome home to all!

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ISS Bathroom Tour

An enlightening video presented by ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti aboard the ISS. I couldn’t help but think about the water logistics on a trip to Mars.

Samantha has great space hair too.  :mrgreen:

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A Calm Beauty

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ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posted this aptly titled photograph on social media with the comment: “An aurora in the distance and the Space Station bathed in moonlight.”

In addition to being a valuable member of the Expedition 43 crew and the six-month Futura mission, Samantha can count photography among her many talents.

You can see more of her photos on Samantha’s Flickr page.

Follow Samantha at samanthacristoforetti.esa.int

Image: ESA/NASA

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