DRAGON TO LAUNCH CREW WAITS

A near-full moon is seen Dec. 2, 2017, as the space station orbited above north Africa.

Dragon is preparing to launch this week. With few delays in the process Wednesday can be the next timed schedule. Below, enjoy a moon image from space. The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship is at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida counting down to its launch to the International Space Station Tuesday at 11:46 a.m. EST.… Continue reading DRAGON TO LAUNCH CREW WAITS

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WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA FROM ISS

Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik aboard the International Space Station took this photo of the California wildfires in the Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2017.

Wildfires in California are raging on earth below, as the present crew activity is underway to receive a crew member replacement. The space station is now at the elevated orbit to receive the next spacecraft. Two International Space Station crews are preparing to swap places at the orbital lab next week. In the midst of… Continue reading WILDFIRES IN CALIFORNIA FROM ISS

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ASTRONAUTS AND CARGO DUTIES ON ISS

The six-member Expedition 53 crew poses for a portrait inside the Japanese Kibo laboratory module with the VICTORY art spacesuit that was hand-painted by cancer patients in Russia and the United States. On the right (from top to bottom) are European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA.

Cargo duties on the International Space Station come in many forms. Some is science research and development and others are plumbing and cargo duties. Expedition 53 checked out a specialized microscope and worked on the International Space Station’s toilet today. More supplies and hardware are also being offloaded from the newly-arrived Cygnus cargo craft. Commander… Continue reading ASTRONAUTS AND CARGO DUTIES ON ISS

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CYGNUS OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON ISS

The Cygnus spacecraft is pictured after it had been grappled with the Canadarm2 robotic arm by astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Randy Bresnik on Nov. 14, 2017.

The Cygnus supply ship is open for business aboard the International Space Station. The cargo includes seasonal foods and goodies, science research including bacteria and plants to study, and maintenance materials for station operations and upkeep. There are also more technical equipment to be installed. The Expedition 53 astronauts are continuing to unload several thousand… Continue reading CYGNUS OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON ISS

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