New Heart and DNA Studies Begin after Dragon Delivery

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The Sun’s rays illuminate the SpaceX Dragon after it was attached to the International Space Station’s Harmony module.

The Expedition 48 crew is beginning work on new science delivered aboard the SpaceX Dragon space freighter. More cargo is also being unloaded from the new Russian Progress 64 resupply ship.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins has begun work on the new Heart Cells study that will observe how heart muscle tissue adapts to microgravity. Rubins also partnered with Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi for the Body Measures experiment that researches how the body shape changes in outer space. Onishi later setup Mouse Epigenetics gear that will enable research into genetic expression and DNA in mice and their offspring.

Commander Jeff Williams worked on plumbing activities in the U.S. segment of the International Space Station. He also worked on biological research hardware before moving on to cargo transfers from the new Dragon cargo craft.

Cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Anatoly Ivanishin are unloading gear from the new Progress cargo craft today. The duo also looked at cell cultures for the Kaskad study. Fellow cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka worked on Russian maintenance tasks and joined Ovchinin for the Korrektsiya bone loss study.

Hatches Between Dragon and the Station are Open

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The hatches between Dragon and station were opened at 2:27 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 20. The crew entered to document the interior and will begin unloading cargo this afternoon.

The spacecraft delivered nearly 5,000 pounds of science, hardware and supplies, including instruments to perform the first-ever DNA sequencing in space, and the first of two identical international docking adapters (IDA). The IDAs will provide a means for commercial spacecraft to dock to the station in the near future as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Dragon is scheduled to depart the space station Aug. 29 when it will return critical science research back to Earth. It is the second cargo spacecraft to arrive on station this week. On Monday, July 18, a Russian ISS Progress 64 cargo craft docked to the Pirs docking compartment of the space station at 8:22 p.m., where it will remain for about six months.
For more information on the SpaceX CRS-9 mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacex. For more information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.

Dragon Attached to Station’s Harmony Module

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The SpaceX Dragon is seen attached to the International Space Station’s Harmony module just before orbital sunrise. Credit: NASA TV

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was bolted into place on the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 10:03 a.m. EDT as the station flew about 252 statute miles over the California and Oregon border.

The spacecraft is delivering nearly 5,000 pounds of science, hardware and supplies, including instruments to perform the first-ever DNA sequencing in space, and the first of two identical international docking adapters (IDA). The IDAs will provide a means for commercial spacecraft to dock to the station in the near future as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Dragon is scheduled to depart the space station Aug. 29 when it will return critical science research back to Earth. It is the second cargo spacecraft to arrive on station this week. On Monday, July 18, a Russian ISS Progress 64 cargo craft docked to the Pirs docking compartment of the space station at 8:22 p.m., where it will remain for about six months.

For more information on the SpaceX CRS-9 mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacex. For more information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.

Dragon Arrives and Captured by Robotic Arm

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The SpaceX Dragon is captured in the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Credit: NASA TV

While the International Space Station was traveling 252 statute miles over the Great Lakes, NASA’s Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and NASA Flight Engineer Kate Rubins used the station’s 57.7-foot (17.6-meter) robotic arm to reach out and capture the Dragon spacecraft at 6:56 a.m. EDT.

NASA Television coverage will resume at 8:30 a.m. for Dragon installation, although it can begin earlier if operations run ahead of schedule.

To join the conversation online about the cargo delivery to space station on Twitter, follow @Space_Station and the hashtag #Dragon. For more information on the SpaceX CRS-9 mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacex. For more information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.

Dragon Chasing Station with Science, Docking Adapter

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The SpaceX Dragon space freighter was pictured April 10, 2016, approaching the International Space Station.

The SpaceX Dragon is chasing the International Space Station and the Expedition 48 crew is getting ready for its approach and capture Wednesday morning. This follows Monday evening’s rendezvous and docking of the Progress 64 resupply ship from Roscosmos.

Dragon is delivering several science experiments including a DNA sequencing study and the Heart Cells investigation. The private space freighter is also carrying one of two International Docking Adapters. The adapters will enable future crewed vehicles from Boeing and SpaceX to dock to the space station.

The research, hardware and other supplies stowed inside Dragon total nearly 5,000 pounds. Dragon will be robotically attached to the Harmony module after astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins capture it with the 57.7 foot long Canadarm2. This will be the second cargo mission to arrive at the station in less than two days.

The Progress arrival Monday night brought more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 48 crew. Progress automatically docked to the Pirs docking compartment after launching Saturday evening from Kazakhstan.

Williams, Rubins and Flight Engineer Takuya Onishi prepared for the Dragon’s arrival on Tuesday and participated in a variety of research and maintenance activities. The three cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka, Alexey Ovchinin and Anatoly Ivanishin slept in Tuesday after a long day Monday preparing for the Progress delivery.

Dragon Prepares for Wednesday Morning Arrival

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Launch of Dragon on the SpaceX CRS-9 Mission

The SpaceX Dragon launches atop the Falcon 9 rocket early July 18,2016, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Credit: SpaceX

The International Space Station and SpaceX Dragon flight control teams are proceeding toward rendezvous and grapple of the unpiloted Dragon cargo craft Wednesday, July 20, following Monday’s launch of the spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Capture of Dragon is scheduled at 7 a.m. EDT. Installation of the Dragon to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module will begin several hours later.

NASA Television coverage of rendezvous and grapple is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Installation coverage is set to begin at 9:45 a.m. Watch live at http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.

NASA’s Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and NASA Flight Engineer Kate Rubins will use the station’s 57.7-foot (17.6-meter) robotic arm to reach out and capture the Dragon spacecraft from the station’s cupola work station. After capture, ground controllers will maneuver Dragon for its berthing to Harmony. Opening of the hatch to the Dragon is scheduled early Thursday.

SpaceX CRS-9 is scheduled to deliver nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and payloads to the station, including critical materials to directly support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 48 and 49.

Below is a rendezvous timeline – all times listed in EDT.

Wednesday, July 20
Range < 28 km                                            2:21:00 a.m.
HA3 Burn (8 s, 0.37 m/s)                           3:00:00 a.m.
Sunset                                                          3:11:02 a.m.
HA3-MC1 Burn                                            3:16:40 a.m.
HA3-MC2 Burn                                            3:33:20 a.m.
CE3 Burn (8 s, 0.37 m/s)                             3:46:00 a.m.
Sunrise                                                          3:40:46 a.m.
Range < 6 km                                               4:01:00 a.m.
HA4 (Approach Init) Burn (6 s,0.31 m/s)  4:16:00 a.m.
HA4-MC1 Burn                                             4:32:40 a.m.
Sunset                                                           4:43:43 a.m.
HA4-MC2 Burn                                             4:49:20 a.m.
350m Arrival, 180 deg Yaw mnvr              5:05:10 a.m.
Depart 350m                                                5:11:40 a.m.
Sunrise                                                          5:13:21 a.m.
250m Arrival                                                 5:19:30 a.m.
NASA TV Coverage Begins                          5:30:00 a.m.
250m Departure                                           5:31:30 a.m.
Rng = 100m                                                   5:48:30 a.m.
30m Arrival                                                    6:05:00 a.m.
Sunset                                                            5:16:25 a.m.
Earliest 30m Departure (early window)   6:21:00 a.m.
30m Departure                                            6:24:00 a.m.
Latest 30m Departure (early window)      6:25:00 a.m.
CP Arrival                                                       6:40:00 a.m.
Earliest 30m Departure (prime window)  6:44:56 a.m.
Sunrise                                                           6:45:56 a.m.
Earliest GO for Capture (prime window)  6:46:56 a.m.
Go for Capture                                              6:50:00 a.m.
Capture                                                          7:00:00 a.m.
Latest 30m Departure (prime window)    7:37:31 a.m.
Sunset                                                            7:49:06 a.m.
Latest GO for Capture (prime window)    8:03:31 a.m.

For more information on the SpaceX CRS-9 mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacex. For more information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.

Progress 64 Makes Four Spaceships at Station Before Dragon Arrives

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The current International Space Station configuration now includes four docked spacecraft. Credit: NASA

Traveling about 250 miles over Chile near the city of Santiago, the unpiloted ISS Progress 64 Russian cargo ship docked at 8:20 p.m. EDT to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station.

The Expedition 48 crew will now prepare for the second of two back-to-back cargo deliveries with the arrival of SpaceX’s ninth commercial resupply services mission for NASA on Wednesday, July 20. Dragon is on its way to the station with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and science investigations. Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture on July 20 will begin at 5:30 a.m. on NASA TV, with installation coverage set to begin at 9:45 a.m.

For more information about the current crew and the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.

Watch Resupply Ship Docking to Station Live Now

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Progress 64 Rocket

The Progress 64 rocket rolled out to the launch pad in Kazakhstan before it lifted off Saturday, July 16, to the International Space Station. Credit: RSC Energia

Beginning at 7:45 p.m. EDT, NASA Television will provide live coverage of the docking of a Russian Progress spacecraft carrying more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 48 crew aboard the International Space Station.

The ISS Progress 64 is scheduled to arrive at the Pirs docking compartment of the space station at 8:22 p.m. The Expedition 48 crew will monitor key events during Progress 64’s automated rendezvous and docking.

Watch the docking live on NASA TV or at http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

The spacecraft will remain docked to the station for more than six months. Launch of ISS Progress 64 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan occurred at 5:41 p.m. Saturday (3:41 a.m. Baikonur time July 17).

To join the online conversation about the International Space Station and Progress 64 on Twitter, follow @Space_Station and the hashtag #ISScargo. To learn more about all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/connect.

Pair of Space Deliveries Racing Towards Station

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One cargo spacecraft begins its resupply mission to the International Space Station as another one prepares to dock tonight to the orbital laboratory.

Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, launched its 64th Progress spacecraft to resupply the station Saturday afternoon from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Progress is closing in on the space station today with more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies, and will dock to the Pirs docking compartment at 8:22 p.m. EDT tonight. NASA TV will cover the rendezvous and docking live beginning at 7:45 p.m.

SpaceX launched its Dragon space freighter early Monday from Florida atop a Falcon 9 rocket for a two-day delivery mission. Dragon is carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of science, supplies and hardware including the first of two international docking adapters. A pair of space experiments, among others, aboard Dragon include a DNA sequencing study and an investigation of the human heart and how it adapts to living in space.

Dragon will approach the station early Wednesday, when it will be captured by the Canadarm2 and installed to the Harmony module. Astronauts Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins will be inside the cupola operating the robotic controls for capture of the spacecraft. Mission controllers on the ground will then take over and guide Dragon to its port on the Earth-facing side of Harmony.

Launch of SpaceX CRS-9

Dragon launches from Florida on the SpaceX CRS-9 mission to resupply the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray

Resupply Rocket Launches on Two-Day Delivery Mission

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The Progress 64 Rocket Launches

The Progress 64 cargo craft launches on a two-day trip to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

Carrying more than three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted ISS Progress 64 cargo craft launched at 5:41 p.m. EDT (3:41 a.m. Baikonur time July 17) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

At the time of launch, the International Space Station was flying about 250 miles over Eastern Chad.

Less than 10 minutes after launch, the resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas as planned. The Russian cargo craft will chase the station during the next two days before docking to the Pirs Docking Compartment at the orbiting laboratory at 8:22 p.m. Monday, July 18. The Progress 64 will spend more than six months docked at the outpost before departing in mid-January for its deorbit into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Beginning at 7:45 p.m. Monday, NASA Television will provide live coverage of Progress 64’s arrival at the space station’s Pirs Docking Compartment.

Watch live on NASA TV and online at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

To join the online conversation about the International Space Station and Progress 63 on Twitter, follow @Space_Station and the hashtag #ISScargo.

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