Station Prepares for November Crew Swap

The Expedition 41 trio of Reid Wiseman, Alexander Gerst and Max Suraev are returning home November 9. They checked their Sokol suits, which are worn during a Soyuz launch and entry, for leaks and started preparing for their departure. NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore, who will be in space until March, worked Read full post

Posted Oct 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm on Space Station

ISS Daily Summary Report - 10/30/14

Zebra Fish Muscle:  Gerst connected a water bag and a waste bag to the Aquatic Habitat water circulation unit and performed water exchange #6. The Zebra Fish muscle experiment asks if the atrophy of muscles under the condition of microgravity also occurs in Zebra Fish and why their atrophy occurs Read full post

Posted Oct 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Complete

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft received finishing touches Thursday, marking the conclusion of construction on the first spacecraft designed to send humans into deep space beyond the moon, including a journey to Mars that begins with its first test flight Dec. 4. The assembled Orion crew module, service module, launch abort system Read full post

Posted Oct 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm on Orion

Expedition 41 Opens Progress Hatch as Orbital Sciences Conducts Investigation

Cosmonauts Max Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev opened the hatch to the ISS Progress 57 space freighter which arrived Wednesday morning. Suraev also joined NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman for descent training in advance of their Nov. 9 landing in the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft. Flight Engineers Barry Wilmore and Alexander Gerst scrubbed cooling Read full post

Posted Oct 30, 2014 at 12:28 pm on Space Station

Bright Blue Sky and a Sunny Day

By Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist The sky was bright blue and the sun was shining, but the temperature outside was about -38°C (-36°F). Two days ago, I was flying 2000 feet above the Fountain Ice Stream in Antarctica with Operation IceBridge, NASA’s airborne instrument platform that studies the Arctic and the Read full post

Posted Oct 30, 2014 at 11:19 am on NASA Leadership

NASA Education Express -- Oct. 30, 2014

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 Free Educational Materials -- Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit Audience: Educators Pre-K through Grade 5 Free Education Webinars From NASA Read full post

Posted Oct 30, 2014 at 9:13 am on NASA Education Express

NASA Wallops Completes Initial Assessment After Orbital Launch Mishap; Blog Coverage Concludes

The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff at 6:22 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. “I want Read full post

Posted Oct 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm on Orbital

ISS Daily Summary Report - 10/29/14

57 Progress (P) Launch Status:  57P successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today at 2:09am CDT.  The spacecraft proceeded with a nominal 4 orbit rendezvous with ISS and docked to the DC-1 docking port at 8:08am CDT.  The Progress is delivering more than 2987 lbs of cargo to the ISS. Orbital Read full post

Posted Oct 29, 2014 at 4:32 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

New Progress Resupply Craft Arrives at Station

Traveling about 261 miles over the Atlantic Ocean, the unpiloted ISS Progress 57 Russian cargo ship docked at 9:08 a.m. EDT to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station. The craft is delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies, including 1,940 pounds of propellant; 48 pounds of Read full post

Posted Oct 29, 2014 at 9:19 am on Space Station

Watch NASA TV for Live Coverage of Progress Arrival at Station

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. EDT, NASA Television will provide live coverage of the docking of a Russian Progress spacecraft carrying nearly three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 41 crew aboard the International Space Station. Docking of ISS Progress 57 to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the space Read full post

Posted Oct 29, 2014 at 8:21 am on Space Station