SOYUZ NEARS LAUNCH TO ISS

At the Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Expedition 50-51 crew members Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (left), Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Peggy Whitson of NASA (right) pose for pictures before planned launch Nov. 10 during preflight activities. They will launch Nov. 18, Baikonur time, on the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Alexander Vysotsky

The International Space Station crew has completed some maintenance tasks while awaiting launch of next crew complement to join them after the two day journey. The three Expedition 50 crew members today are working to unload cargo and set up new computer servers onboard the station. In Kazakhstan, the next trio to launch to the… Continue reading SOYUZ NEARS LAUNCH TO ISS

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OXYGEN GENERATOR WORK ON ISS

While oxygen generator work continues on ISS, the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft begins its rotation into position for its encapsulation into the upper stage of its Soyuz booster at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Alexander Vysotsky

Oxygen generator work continues aboard the International Space Station while the present crew awaits its next trio of members to join them next week. The three Expedition 50 crew members today are working on an oxygen generator and setting up gear to photograph the Earth and meteors. In Kazakhstan, the Soyuz spacecraft that will launch… Continue reading OXYGEN GENERATOR WORK ON ISS

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EARTH AND RADIATION STUDIES ON ISS

Crew conducts earth and radiation studies. Middle school children programmed a space station camera to photograph this portion of the Sahara desert seen in western Libya in October. Credit: Sally Ride EarthKAM

Earth and radiation studies are underway before the arrival of the next space station crew this month. Maintenance continues aboard ISS. Pictured below, school children programmed a camera aboard ISS (International Space Station) to take a picture of the Sahara Desert. The Expedition 50 trio orbiting on the International Space Station is conducting maintenance while… Continue reading EARTH AND RADIATION STUDIES ON ISS

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NEXT CREW PREPARES FOR LAUNCH

Next Expedition 50-51 crew members (from left) Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet try on their spacesuits and check out the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Alexander Vysotsky

The next crew to launch in two weeks are in preparation while the latest crew arrival are settling into the new space station environment. A new set of Expedition 50 crew members is in Kazakhstan just two weeks away from a launch to the International Space Station. The three orbiting station inhabitants are in the… Continue reading NEXT CREW PREPARES FOR LAUNCH

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