Women in Space Part Two, What’s Gender Got To Do With It?

In today’s A Lab Aloft, guest blogger Liz Warren, Ph.D., looks at the differences between male and female astronaut physiology on long duration space missions. I hate to break it to you, but men are not actually from Mars and women are not really from Venus. This silly saying illustrates a Read full post

MMS Cleared to Proceed Toward Launch

At the conclusion of a Flight Readiness Review on Friday, March 6, NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) managers gave a "go" to continue preparations leading to the planned liftoff of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft atop a ULA Atlas V rocket at 10:44 p.m. EDT on Thursday, March 12. Read full post

Posted Mar 6, 2015 at 12:40 pm on Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

Science and Microbe Checks as Expedition 42 Trio Preps for Departure

Astronauts Terry Virts and Samantha Cristoforetti were in the U.S. Quest airlock conducting airflow monitor tests, measurements and calibrations. The tests were part of the Airway Monitoring experiment that is looking for possible indicators of airway inflammation in astronauts during spaceflight. › Read more about the Airway Monitoring experiment Their crewmate Anton Read full post

Posted Mar 6, 2015 at 12:37 pm on Space Station

Test Your MMS Knowledge

How much do you know about NASA's upcoming Magnetospheric Multiscale mission? Take our mission quiz to find out! Don't worry -- if you get stuck on a question, the "Research" button will help you find the information you need. Get every answer right, and you'll have the chance to print a Read full post

Posted Mar 6, 2015 at 11:19 am on Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission

ISS Daily Summary Report - 03/05/15

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD):  The final 2 CubeSats were successfully deployed overnight which concludes deployment activities for this increment. A total of 16 satellites have been deployed. Airway monitoring:  The crew reviewed information to familiarize themselves with the Airway Monitoring experiment.  Specialists on the ground were available to answer crew questions. Read full post

Posted Mar 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Cubesat Deployment Compete; One-Year Crew Preps for Launch

The Expedition 42 crew completed the deployment of numerous nanosatellites while also preparing for the departure of a Soyuz crew. The six-member crew also worked on advanced microgravity research and the upkeep of their orbital laboratory and home. The final pair of Cubesats was deployed overnight completing the launch of a Read full post

Posted Mar 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm on Space Station

NASA Education Express -- March 5, 2015

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below. Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations Available While Supplies Last New SpaceMath@NASA Resources Available Audience: Educators of Grades 3-12 Free Webinar Series -- ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Audience: K-12 Read full post

Posted Mar 5, 2015 at 10:23 am on NASA Education Express

ISS Daily Summary Report - 03/04/15

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD):  Wilmore performed visual inspection of NRCSD secondary latches, confirming their configuration after extension and retraction. He also took photos and downlinked to ground teams for review.  Four CubeSats were successfully deployed overnight. The last 2 CubeSats are scheduled for deploy tonight.  Microbial Observatory:  Virts held a crew Read full post

Posted Mar 4, 2015 at 4:47 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Expedition 42 Gets Ready for Crew Swap

Expedition 42 Crew Patch

Soyuz TMA-14M Commander Alexander Samokutyaev and Flight Engineer Elena Serova are counting to their departure March 11 with Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore. The two cosmonauts trained on Soyuz descent procedures and checked out emergency communications gear. Wilmore also prepared for his departure and began packing gear for the return Read full post

Posted Mar 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm on Space Station

ISS Daily Summary Report - 03/03/15

Nanoracks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD): Overnight, 4 Dove satellites were successfully launched from Deployers 5 and 6. Two additional deploys are scheduled for this evening.  Cardio Ox: The Crew set up and configured ultrasound hardware.  Cristoforetti acted as Crew Medical Officer (CMO) to support Wilmore’s return minus 15 days (R-15) Cardio Ox Read full post

Posted Mar 3, 2015 at 5:12 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report