We Have the Wheat!

The first growth test of crops in the Advanced Plant Habitat aboard the International Space Station yielded great results this week. Arabidopsis seeds – small flowering plants related to cabbage and mustard – grew for about six weeks, and the dwarf wheat for five weeks. This growth test was a precursor Read full post

NASA Invites Media to Upcoming Events Prior to SpaceX CRS-14

Preparations continue for the launch of the next SpaceX delivery of supplies and equipment, including science investigations, to the International Space Station. Launch currently is targeted for no earlier than 4:30 p.m. EDT April 2 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. A Dragon cargo Read full post
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at 2:32 pm on SpaceX

While launch awaits, the science does not

As the International Space Station orbits Earth with three occupants already onboard, on the ground below in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, three more crewmates are engaged in activities leading up to a March 21 liftoff on a Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft to join them. (You can watch this launch live on NASA TV, Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/15/2018

Remote Power Control Modules (RPCM) P14B-G and P13A-G Swap:  Ground robotic operations using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to perform a swap of RPCM P14B-G and P13A-G continue. The installation of the new RPCM P14B-G was successful; however, the ground team was Read full post

NASA EXPRESS Message – March 15, 2018

  Kick Off the Second Half of ‘A Year of Education on Station!’ Audience: All Educators Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov  On March 21, astronaut and former teacher Ricky Arnold, along with his crewmates Andrew Feustel and Oleg Artemyev, will launch to the space station where they will continue the second half of NASA’s “A Year of Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/14/2018

Veg-03:  Today the crew watered the Veg-03 plants and continued with the photo-documentation of plant growth for the Veg-03 investigation. Veg-03 supports the proof-of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows. Future long duration space missions will require a fresh food supply grown in space to Read full post

NASA "Science WOW!" Message – March 14, 2018

Science Always Starts With a Question … This Week's Question: How Does Our Sun Compare to Other Stars? The Sun is a hot ball of glowing gases. Its gravity holds the Solar System together, keeping everything from the biggest planets to the smallest particles of debris in its orbit. Our Sun is Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/13/2018

Fluidics:  Today the crew set up the Fluidics experiment hardware and executed Runs 2 and 3. Fluidics is a fluid mechanics experiment with two main objectives: perform a Slosh study to investigate fluid behavior under microgravity during satellite maneuvers, and a Wave Turbulence study to investigate the impact of capillary Read full post