Category Archives: ISS

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

Progress MS-07 Launch Scrubbed

If you were looking for the Progress Cargo ship launch it has been scrubbed until at least Saturday.

There was a fault of some type in the last minute of the countdown. We do not know what caused the fault as yet.

Next attempt 14 October. Launch window opens at around 07:42 UT / 03:42 ET – I will find out for sure and update.