Category Archives: ISS

Coming Home – Replay

The replay:

The still image provided by NASA TV is the moment of touchdown. The image (and video) comes from the long range tracking camera.

What a ride that must be. Great video too, quite a parachute. I’ll put up a replay when it becomes available.

Currently I am waiting for reports on the crew.  Crew is doing just fine!  So all is well.

Losing a Blanket

Footage of the blanket that got away from astronauts this week.

After 173 days in space, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos will depart the space station in a Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft at 0900 UT / 0400 EDT and land in Kazakhstan at 1220 UT / 0720 ET / 19:20 Kazakhstan time.

I will put a link in for the undocking coverage tomorrow morning.

Space Station Upgrades

Imagine it, history in the making as the International Space Station prepares to play its part to allow science fiction to become reality.

Here’s part of the EVA where Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA connect a Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3) to the Harmony module to facilitate the addition of an International Docking Adapter to PMA-3 to which U.S. commercial crew spacecraft will link up to in the (not very distant) future:

The Dragon Departs

Here is a replay of the Space X Dragon cargo ship departing the International Space Station. The cargo ship was released at about 05:11 EDT / 09:11 UTC (if my time conversion is correct).

The Dragon will NOT burn up in the atmosphere as some ships do. The returning 5,400 + Lb / 2,450 + kg payload includes samples from a variety of scientific experiments.

The thrusters on Dragon will fire at around 10:00 EDT / 14:00 UTC commencing a deorbit burn which will send the ship into the Pacific Ocean 54 minutes later where it will be retrieved and returned by recovery teams.

As far as I know there will be no live coverage of the splashdown and recovery, however there could be video after the fact.

SpaceX Launch Tomorrow

Image: March  2013 during Expedition 34 from NASA as the Dragon is grappled by the station’s robotic arm.

A Space X resupply mission, CRS-10 is scheduled for launch tomorrow.

Mission: CRS -10

 Description: science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 50 and 51 crew members

Rocket: Space X Falcon 9

Launch time:  14:39 UTC / 09:39 EST
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center – Pad 39A

Space X will attempt to land the Falcon 9’s first stage on land for the first time. I would think that would be much easier than a floating barge!



Sitting On The Edge


It looks like ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is dangling his feet into the void. Actually he was on a spacewalk and together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, he spent five hours and 58 minutes outside the Space Station to complete a battery upgrade to the outpost’s power system.

Thomas commented on this picture: “This is what a spacewalk is: 400 km of void under your feet”

Credit: ESA

The Light Study

The Power of Light shows us how NASA is dealing with something pretty common in space but we hardly give a thought, in terms of what life in space must be like.