RESEARCHING SCIENCE BEFORE NEW YEAR

Researching life science is on the agenda while the Sahara Desert is pictured Dec. 24 as the space station orbited over the border of the African nations of Mali and Algeria.

Researching life science is on the crew agenda before the beginning of the new year in 2018. This article details, also, the preparation for return of the Russian space freighter to earth.

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Researching life science is on the agenda while the Sahara Desert is pictured Dec. 24 as the space station orbited over the border of the African nations of Mali and Algeria.

After a Russian cargo ship departed the International Space Station Thursday, the Expedition 54 crew is wrapping up the final work week of 2017 orbiting Earth and conducting science. The six astronauts and cosmonauts will go into the last weekend of 2017 with light duty and family conferences before taking New Year’s Day off.

The Progress 67 (67P) resupply ship finished its stay six-and-a-half month at the station’s Zvezda service Thursday at 8:03 a.m. EDT. Cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov packed the 67P full of trash the closed its hatches before it automatically undocked. It will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and safely burn up over the south Pacific Ocean.

Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai took his turn on the exercise bike today for a study researching physical exertion in space. Doctors measure the astronauts breathing and other parameters during exercise to ensure they have the strength to perform strenuous activities such as spacewalks and even emergency procedures.

Flight Engineer Scott Tingle of NASA was harvesting plants for the Advanced Plants Experiment-05 (APEX) and stowing the botany samples in a science freezer for further analysis. Scientists are exploring how plants respond to microgravity and observing molecular and genetic changes.

The life science studies help mission doctors keep astronauts healthier and stronger while living in outer space. Also, NASA is planning longer human missions beyond low-Earth orbit and learning how to keep crews self-sustainable.

Finally, three U.S. astronauts, two Russian cosmonauts and a Japanese astronaut on the orbital laboratory will experience New Year’s Eve 16 times as they orbit Earth once every 90 minutes. That is 16 sunrise and sunsets 250 miles above Earth. The crew will take the day off, share a meal and reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead.

Earlier, the Progress 67 space freighter is being prepared for release back to earth for a fiery burn up over the Pacific Ocean.

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Dec. 27, 2017: International Space Station Configuration. Four spaceships are parked at the space station including the SpaceX Dragon space freighter, the Progress 68 resupply ship and the Soyuz MS-06 and MS-07 crew ships. Researching life science continues.

Filled with trash, the unpiloted ISS Progress 67 Russian cargo ship undocked from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station at 8:03 p.m. EST. Just after 11 p.m., Russian flight controllers will send commands to fire the Progress’ engines and deorbit the space freighter, sending it to a destructive entry over the unpopulated south Pacific Ocean.

Written By: Mark Garcia NASA


UNIVERSAL DIGEST is pleased to be a conduit for some of NASA’s projects and work. This article and some others were written by NASA and are mostly unedited. We do not claim credit, we simply want to make them more available to the general public.

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NEW CREW GETS USED TO SPACE

New Expedition 54-55 prime crew members (from left) Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Scott Tingle of NASA.

New crew is getting used to space after their arrival of the SpaceX Dragon space ship to the International Space Station. Meanwhile, the Progress 67 is readied for its departure to earth, filled with trash.

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New Expedition 54-55 prime crew members (from left) Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Scott Tingle of NASA.

The International Space Station’s three newest crew members are beginning their second week familiarizing themselves with the orbital lab’s operations and systems. They and the other three Expedition 54 crew mates are also busy today with cargo operations, space science and station maintenance.

Also, a Russian cargo craft is departing the station tonight after a six-and-a-half month stay docked to the Zvezda service module. The Progress 67 cargo craft will undock from Zvezda tonight at 8:03 p.m. EST then re-enter Earth’s atmosphere to burn up over the south Pacific Ocean.

Veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and first-time astronauts Scott Tingle of NASA and Norishige Kanai of JAXA are in their second week in Earth orbit and getting used to life in space. The new space residents, who arrived Dec. 19, have time set aside in their schedules to adjust to life and work in weightlessness.

Two-time station resident Joe Acaba from NASA worked throughout Wednesday gathering items for stowage inside the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship. Kanai assisted Acaba with the pre-packing duties readying the cargo for return to Earth inside Dragon on Jan. 13.

Tingle strapped himself into an exercise bike this morning breathing into a tube for a study measuring physical exertion in microgravity. In this long-running experiment, doctors are researching ways to ensure astronauts stay fit and healthy in space to maintain mission success.

 

Written By: Mark Garcia NASA


UNIVERSAL DIGEST is pleased to be a conduit for some of NASA’s projects and work. This article and some others were written by NASA and are mostly unedited. We do not claim credit, we simply want to make them more available to the general public.

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FALCON9 SPACEX LIFTOFF

Falcon9 rocket liftoff.

Falcon9 of SpaceX lifted off for its final launch mission of 2017. The main reason in writing this article is in response to the plethora of conspiracy enthusiast around the world thinking this was some sort of exotic UFO situation. It was not, in the least.

SpaceX stated that this was its eighteenth launch of the Falcon9 vehicle, sending another number of satellites into orbit from Vandenberg AFB (Air Force Base) from the central California coastal area. The 10 satellites launched are for communications and the Iridium NEXT group will be stationed at 388 miles above earth.

I was contacted from a number of friends who were wondering what was going on. Then came the conspiracies from around the world. Amazing how people can jump to conclusions and create something out of nothing without conducting any form of research first.

A very good friend of many years, Greg Mancini of Mancini Productions alerted me to his friend, Vernon Wagner, of Bakersfield, California who sent him some photos of the launch from his own camera. For the record, Bakersfield is at the same latitude and Vandenberg AFB so he had the perfect view. With appreciation, both Greg and Vernon have given me permission to mention them and share the photos submitted below. The featured picture is one of the ones taken. I wanted to share this from direct contacts and not from media sources to give even more credibility that this was simply a rocket launch. From here in central California, we see such missile tests and launches on occasion.

Then, a little later yesterday, another good friend of many years sent me the following photo she took from southeast Arizona.

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Here is a view of the Falcon 9 SpaceX launch all the way from southeast Arizona.

Thank you all who took the time to help me get this information out to the global public. I do recommend taking a responsible stance when viewing some of the ridiculous publications and/or posts trying to portray this as some sort of exotic UFO event. It certainly is not!

As promised, Greg and Debbie Mancini of Mancini Productions have been operating ‘A Bridal Odyssey‘ in Visalia, California two times a year. They have celebrated and made so many thousands of newlyweds happy as they embarked on their lifetime ventures and husband and wife. So, whoever may be able to utilize their services in central California. Anyone interested can use Google search and click on the link above. If one has trouble doing this, please feel free to contact Universal Digest for assistance. Thanks, again, Greg, Debbie, and Vernon for helping get the truth out about the recent launch from a personal perspective.

Mancini Productions has provided the central California community a wonderful show that has made thousands of newlyweds happy as they begin their journey of matrimony, hopefully, for a lifetime.

Please remember everyone, an ounce of common sense and doing one’s homework far out-ways careless speculation and embellishments.

Written By: Ed Smith


UNIVERSAL DIGEST is pleased to present this recent launch event for education of those who considered this to be an exotic, possibly UFO event. With the preponderance of publications being produced worldwide, we consider this to be important for the global public to understand. It was a rocket launch. That is all, nothing more.

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SANTA TRACKED BY NORAD 2017!

Santa is being tracked from Norad to share with all kids, big and small.

Santa is being tracked from Norad in 2017. Merry Christmas Eve to all!

Universal Digest presents year three of its Santa Watch thanks to NORAD producing its ongoing visual trek as jolly old St. Nick delivers presents worldwide!

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Santa is on his way delivering gifts to all kids, younger, bigger, and older.

How did this NORAD idea come about? A colonel actually answered the “Red Phone” and a child was on the phone asking, “Where is Santa?” The idea took hold so now NORADSANTA.org exists to provide the beautiful video with Christmas song accompaniment. Enjoy!

Yes, people, Santa Claus is on his way via NORAD global tracking! Please inform everyone, especially your children! The time is at hand and now one must recollect on whether one was naughty or nice this past year!

Hey, children and adults alike, everywhere on our earth, please enjoy this fantastic live feed tracking our very own, lovable St. Nick, as he travels the world delivering gifts to everyone!

Please click on the official NORAD tracking website below! This is the latest version that continues the organization’s 60-year tradition of tracking Santa Claus as he treks the globe delivering presents and good cheer to people who really need it. As technology improves, so does everyone’s opportunities to enjoy this cheerful music and video presentation.

Click on this link: https://www.noradsanta.org/

May everyone worldwide find the joy in sharing, giving, and recognizing that every moment one can bring a positive word, action, statement and/or gesture in caring for the human condition in a world where so many are not able to find this kind of cheer to bring happiness to others. Let us all take time to not only recognize that negatives exists, let us actively do our parts, in whatever way we can to overshadow sadness, evil, and war with happiness, goodness, and peace, not just today or tomorrow, but every day from now on.

No one says it is easy or there is an immediate solution. Remember, solutions start with a first step and by staying the course, forging ahead to make life better for everyone we can. When we can cherish every moment to care and love, without reservation, we cannot lose. One day, we will look back and see all this positive work has born the fruit of happiness, now and in the future for mankind.


Universal Digest presents this year tracking from Norad Santa as a free service to the little and big kids looking forward to sharing time with family, friends and loved ones all around the world.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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