The second of a pair of cargo ships arrived at the International Space Station just days apart with the berthing of the Progress 66 craft.
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!
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”
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.
The ISS crew members take a walk to upgrade their power supply.
Just hours after the winter solstice, a mass of energetic particles from the Sun smashed into the magnetic field around Earth. The strong solar wind stream stirred up a display of northern lights over northern Canada.
With the “day-night band” (DNB) of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this view of the aurora borealis on Dec. 22, 2016. The northern lights stretched across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, and Northwest Territories, areas that often fall under the auroral oval.
The DNB detects dim light signals such as auroras, airglow, gas flares, and reflected moonlight. In the case of the image above, the sensor detected the visible light emissions as energetic particles rained down from Earth’s magnetosphere and into the gases of the upper atmosphere.
The collision of solar particles and pressure into our planet’s magnetosphere accelerates particles trapped in the space around Earth (such as in the radiation belts). Those particles are sent crashing down into Earth’s upper atmosphere—at altitudes of 100 to 400 kilometers (60 to 250 miles)—where they excite oxygen and nitrogen molecules and release photons of light. The results are rays, sheets, and curtains of dancing light in the sky.
Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
Caption: Mike Carlowicz
A peaceful looking scene from the International Space Station.
A nighttime view of Western Europe is captured by crew members aboard the International Space Station. England is visible in the top right of the frame, Paris appearing as the bright city near the middle of the image and views of Belgium and the Netherlands occupying the middle-right of frame. — NASA
Image Credit: NASA
The launch of Progress 65 a resupply mission to the ISS was beautiful. Things went awry about the time for the third stage. Communications with the spacecraft was lost at 383 seconds into the flight – Don’t worry this was an autonomous flight, no people were aboard the spacecraft and the International Space Station has plenty of supplies.
ROSCOSMOS — “According to preliminary information, the contingency took place at an altitude of about 190 km over remote and unpopulated mountainous area of the Republic of Tyva. The most of cargo spacecraft fragments burned in the dense atmosphere. ” – link.
Thomas Pesquet shares his thoughts about being aboard the ISS now that he’s been there for a few days.