SpaceX CRS-17 Launch Now Scheduled for April 30

A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is now scheduled to launch at 4:22 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 30, on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This will be SpaceX’s 17th Commercial Resupply Services contract mission to the International Space Read full post
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at 10:35 am on SpaceX

Columbia ‘Relaunch’ Aims to Inspire, Educate

The space shuttle Columbia national tour launched at Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 2019, embarking on an educational journey that will take the program to all 10 NASA centers throughout the country. Apollo Challenger Columbia Lessons Learned Program (ACCLLP) Manager Mike Ciannilli was the master of ceremonies for “Columbia: The Read full post

Cygnus Cargo Craft Attached to Station Until July

After its capture this morning at 5:28 a.m. EDT, the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft was bolted into place on the International Space Station’s Earth-facing port of the Unity module at 7:31 a.m. At the time of installation, Cygnus was flying 255 miles above the Indian Ocean just south of Singapore. Cygnus Read full post

Astronaut Commands Robotic Arm to Capture Cygnus Cargo Craft

At 5:28 a.m. EDT, Expedition 59 Flight Engineer Anne McClain of NASA used the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2 to grapple the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft as David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency monitored Cygnus systems during its approach. Next, ground controllers will command the station’s arm to rotate and install Cygnus, dubbed the S.S. Read full post

NASA TV Coverage Begins of U.S. Cygnus Craft Approaching Station

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 59 Flight Engineer Anne McClain of NASA will capture the spacecraft assisted by David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, who will monitor Cygnus systems during its approach for capture. They will use the space station’s robotic arm to take hold of the Cygnus, dubbed the S.S. Roger Chaffee. Read full post

NASA TV Broadcasts Friday Arrival of U.S. Resupply Ship to Station

A Northrop Grumman cargo ship carrying about 7,600 pounds of science and research investigations, supplies, and hardware is set to arrive to the International Space Station early Friday morning. The uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft launched at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17 on an Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. When Cygnus, dubbed the S.S. Roger Chaffee, arrives Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/18/2019

Crew Half Duty Day: Today was a half duty day for the crew. Following Cygnus berth tomorrow, they will work Saturday to transfer cargo from Cygnus to the ISS.  Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR)/Light Microscopy Module (LMM)/Biophysics-6 experiment start:  As a followup to the discovery of the plate with damaged sample capillary(s) Read full post

Crew Prepares for Arrival of Science-Packed Cargo Ship

The Cygnus space freighter is on orbit today and refining its approach to the International Space Station following its launch from Virginia Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Expedition 59 crew is juggling a variety of science and maintenance activities today before Friday morning’s space shipment arrives. Astronaut Anne McClain, with Flight Engineer Read full post

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for April 18, 2019

  Call for Proposals—NASA Fellowship Activity 2019 Audience: First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students Pre-proposal Teleconference: April 18 at 5 p.m. EDT Proposal Deadline: May 24 Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov  The 2019 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking research or senior design projects/proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. Read full post

News Conference, Launch Blog Coverage Conclude

The post-launch news conference for Northrop Grumman’s 11th NASA-contracted commercial resupply  mission has concluded. NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman launched its Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17. Liftoff was from Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Read full post