RUSSIAN SPACEWALK COMPLETE

Russian spacewalker Oleg Kononenko is on the Strela boom getting ready for inspection work on the Soyuz crew vehicle.

Russian spacewalkers complete inspection of the spaceship that will bring three astronauts home on December 19, 2018. Expedition 57 Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos completed a spacewalk lasting 7 hours and 45 minutes. The two cosmonauts opened the hatch to the Pirs docking compartment to begin the spacewalk at 10:59 a.m.… Continue reading RUSSIAN SPACEWALK COMPLETE

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JAPANESE CARGO SHIP SET TO LEAVE FRIDAY

The Japanese HTV-6 resupply ship is pictured attached to the Harmony module during robotics operations.

After over a month being docked at the International Space Station, the Japanese resupply ship, HTV-6 will return to earth Friday with 4.5 tons of return cargo. NASA TV will cover the event. Mission controllers are preparing to release Japan’s Kounotori cargo ship from the International Space Station at the end of the week. Meanwhile,… Continue reading JAPANESE CARGO SHIP SET TO LEAVE FRIDAY

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JAPANESE GEAR INSTALLED ON ISS

Astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Shane Kimbrough work inside the cupola module to robotically capture the Japanese HTV-6 cargo craft loaded with gear and supplies.

The JSA HTV-6 “White Stork” spacecraft with gear, science experiments, and supplies has been captured and is now docked with the International Space Station. Scientific research and experimentation continue in earnest aboard ISS. External and internal cargo is currently being unloaded from Japan’s sixth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6) to visit the International Space Station. The… Continue reading JAPANESE GEAR INSTALLED ON ISS

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JSA SPACE CRAFT HEADS TO ISS

The JSA HTV-6 space craft or Japan’s H-IIB rocket launches on time from the Tanegashima Space Center. Credit: NASA TV

With the launch of the JSA cargo craft in the anticipated Tuesday arrival to the International Space Station, the crew prepares the Japanese module while continuing science research. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s H-IIB rocket launched at 8:26 a.m. EST (10:26 p.m. Japan time) on Friday, Dec. 9 from the Tanegashima Space Center in… Continue reading JSA SPACE CRAFT HEADS TO ISS

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