At the time, Kimbrough was practicing robotic maneuvers with the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm in preparation for the capture of the Japanese HTV-6 cargo ship planned for Dec. 13. This non-tropical storm system was captured by Commander Shane Kimbrough Dec. 6 as the International Space Station flew 250 miles over the northeast coast of South America.

In anticipation of the arrival of the Japan Space Agency HTV-6 cargo ship this coming week, robotic training is conducted to receive the craft. Ongoing experiments continue. The Expedition 50 crew worked on a series of life science experiments and maintenance operations today. A pair of astronauts also trained for the arrival of Japan’s HTV-6… Continue reading ROBOTIC TRAINING TO RECEIVE CARGO

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While awaiting Japanese cargo ship arrival, European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, from France, works inside the Columbus lab module.

The crew of the International Space Station is anticipating arrival of the Japanese cargo ship HTV-6 next week. Meanwhile, research and experimentation continues. The Expedition 50 crew is getting ready for next week’s arrival and capture of the Japanese resupply ship, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6). The six station residents also worked on a pair of… Continue reading JAPANESE CARGO MISSION TO ISS

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Japan image shows the fifth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) was pictured Sept. 23, 2015 during Expedition 45.

Japan is on schedule to launch its cargo spaceship HTV-6 from Tanaegashima on December 9, 2016. Although, the Russian Progress 65 cargo ship was lost, yesterday, there is no danger to the present crew on ISS (International Space Station). The crew has over three months of supplies and this shipment will continue to secure safety,… Continue reading JAPAN NEXT CARGO MISSION

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The Progress 65 cargo spaceship launched on time Thursday morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA TV

The launch of Progress 65 from Russia was marred by its explosion and disintegration at approximately 100 miles above earth today (Universal Digest update). The Russian cargo spacecraft was carrying more than 2.6 tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 50 crew aboard the International Space Station. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan… Continue reading PROGRESS 65 LAUNCHES AND EXPLODES

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