Leonardo Cargo Module Reopens for Business

The Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) has been reopened at its new location on the forward port of the Tranquility module. Commander Terry Virts and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti worked on completing PMM configuration activities. Meanwhile, the Expedition 43 crew went about its scheduled tasks of microgravity science and orbital maintenance. One-Year Read full post

Posted May 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm on Space Station

NASA Education Express -- May 28, 2015

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below. "Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?" Geography From Space Trivia Contest Audience: All Educators and Students Deadline: Ongoing Through March 2016 Cast Your Vote in the Ceres "Bright Spot" Mystery Poll Audience: All Educators and Students Space Shuttle Thermal Read full post

Posted May 28, 2015 at 10:13 am on NASA Education Express

Commercial Crew Rotation Mission in Motion

NASA took another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. Commercial Crew ordered its first crew rotation mission from The Boeing Company. SpaceX is expected to receive its first order later this year. Determination of which company Read full post

Posted May 28, 2015 at 8:16 am on Kennedy Space Center

ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/27/15

Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Relocation:  In support of today’s PMM relocation, the crew has powered up the Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) on the Node 3 Forward hatch and performed the Node 1 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) bolt loosening and removal.  Robotic Flight Controllers then unberthed PMM from Node Read full post

Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:24 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Practice Makes a Supersonic Decelerator Launch Perfect

Practice! Practice! Practice! That’s what it takes for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) team to be ready for the June 2 launch attempt of a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii. Test success requires an intricate set of Read full post

Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm on LDSD 2015 Launch Status Updates

Commercial Crew Rotation Mission in Motion

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NASA took another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. Commercial Crew ordered its first crew rotation mission from The Boeing Company. SpaceX is expected to receive its first order later this year. Determination of which company Read full post

Posted May 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm on Commercial Crew Program

Astronauts to Join Hall of Fame on May 30

Four accomplished NASA astronauts soon will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Joining the hall of fame this year are NASA’s associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld, and former astronauts Steve Lindsey, Kent Rominger, and M. Rhea Seddon. Their induction brings the total number of Read full post

Posted May 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm on Kennedy Space Center

Leonardo Cargo Module Bolted to New Home

The Permanent Multipurpose Module

The Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) was successfully relocated from the Harmony module to the Tranquility module Wednesday morning. Engineers from Canada and Houston jointly maneuvered the PMM with the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Astronauts Terry Virts and Scott Kelly monitored the installation then successfully bolted the PMM in place on Read full post

Posted May 27, 2015 at 12:57 pm on Space Station

Station Module Relocation Completed

The relocation of the Permanent Multipurpose Module is complete. The PMM was robotically relocated from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module on the International Space Station to the forward port of the Tranquility module in the next step to reconfigure the complex for the future arrival of U.S. commercial Read full post

Posted May 27, 2015 at 10:23 am on Commercial Crew Program

Module Relocated Prepping Station for Commercial Crew

International Space Station

The Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) was successfully relocated from the Unity module to the Tranquility module at 9:08 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The PMM was robotically relocated from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module on the International Space Station to the forward port of the Tranquility module in the next step Read full post

Posted May 27, 2015 at 9:46 am on Space Station