September Equinox 2021 is Coming!

In meteorology, the fall season begins on Sept. 1, however, the September (or fall) equinox gives us the green light to welcome the astronomical fall season in the Northern Hemisphere (and astronomical spring season in the Southern Hemisphere). This happens Sept. 22, 2021, at 19:21 UTC, which is 2:21 p.m. Read full post

Crew Studies How Space Affects Skin Before Station Traffic Increases

The Expedition 65 astronauts worked on a biology study today exploring how long-term microgravity affects skin and the healing process. Three other crewmates are gearing up for next week’s relocation of their Soyuz crew ship to the International Space Station’s newest science module. NASA Flight Engineers Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/20/2021

Payloads Astrobee:  The crew unpacked and visually inspected the Queen Bee Astrobee Free Flyer components.  The Free Flyer was activated, and the crew assisted the ground team with component and communications checkout and calibration. Astrobee is made up of three free-flying, cube-shaped robots which are designed to help scientists and engineers Read full post

Crew Kicks off Week With Space Biology and Robotics

Expedition 65 is kicking off the week with a host of space biology and robotics activities aboard the International Space Station today. Five astronauts out of the seven crewmates who comprise the space station crew joined each other today for a review of upcoming research operations with rodents. The quintet reviewed Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/17/2021

Payloads Behavioral Core Measures (BCM): The crew set up the appropriate robotics hardware and performed the BCM testing. These sessions are nominally planned to be completed once per month, starting two weeks after a crewmember’s arrival on ISS. The Standardized Behavioral Measures for Detecting Behavioral Health Risks during Exploration Missions (Behavioral Read full post

BEAM Open for Cargo Transfers as Robotics, Eye Checks Continue

The Expedition 65 crew opened up BEAM today and transferred cargo for return to Earth aboard the SpaceX Cargo Dragon resupply ship. The orbital residents also worked on robotics, continued eye checks, and configured new life support gear. Commander Akihiko Hoshide from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) opened up the Read full post

NASA Sends Robots to Study Climate Change in the Arctic

By Emily Fischer, NASA’s Earth Science News Team /GREENBELT, MARYLAND/ On July 7, 2021, NASA sent two robotic explorers to the Arctic to collect sea surface temperature data and improve estimates of ocean temperatures in that region. Pairing up with Saildrone, a designer and manufacturer of non-crewed surface vehicles or USVs, Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/16/2021

Payloads Four Bed CO2 Scrubber: The crew continued with the installation of the Four bed CO2 Scrubber hardware by connecting power, data, and fluid lines. Four Bed CO2 Scrubber demonstrates a technology for removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere on a spacecraft. The technology is based on the current system in Read full post