The six-member Expedition 59 crew poses for a portrait inside Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus commercial space freighter dubbed the S.S. Roger B. Chaffee. Clockwise from bottom are cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Kononenko; NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague; Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA astronaut Anne McClain. Homecoming is imminent.

HOMECOMING FOR THE INTREPID CREW OF ISS Homecoming is near for the Expedition 59 crew members of the International Space Station. After a usual six-month tour aboard ISS, it is time for the next expedition to return home to earth in late June. Station Trio Prepping for June 24 Earth Return Three Expedition 59 crew… Continue reading HOMECOMING FOR ISS TRIO

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Cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin (foreground) and Oleg Kononenko work on a pair of Russian Orlan spacesuits inside the Pirs docking compartment’s airlock.

THE ISS CREW ENJOYS A POST-SPACEWALK SLEEP IN Sleep in for the crew was the next scheduled task after a successful spacewalk. The six-hour maintenance excursion outside the space station was successful. Some science duties were undertaken; however, the ISS crew also enjoyed a relaxed work time during the day. This two-part article details the… Continue reading SLEEP IN AND RELAXED SCHEDULE TODAY

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At the start of today’s spacewalk, cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko (left) and Alexey Ovchinin commemorated Russia’s first spacewalker Alexei Leonov, who turns 85 on Thursday, with signs attached to their Orlan spacesuits (see translations below).

Russian Spacewalkers Wish Happy Birthday to First Spacewalker Alexey Leonov Leonov remembered: Shortly after beginning their spacewalk, Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos recorded birthday greetings for the first person to spacewalk, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov. Leonov’s 85th birthday is tomorrow, Thursday, May 30. On… Continue reading LEONOV IS REMEMBERED WITH SPACEWALK

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The aurora australis, also known as the “southern lights,” is pictured as the International Space Station orbited 264 miles above the Indian Ocean south of the Australian island state of Tasmania.

IT IS A BUSY HOLIDAY ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION Memorial Day weekend is filled with science activity on the International Space Station (ISS). This article details the events occurring below. In anticipation of the upcoming spacewalk, the Russian Oclar spacesuits are being readied for use. Space Biology, Physics and Suit Checks Start Memorial Weekend… Continue reading MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN SPACE

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