CubeSats Deployed Before Upcoming Crew and Cargo Missions

More CubeSats were ejected from the International Space Station this week to explore the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Meanwhile, the Expedition 51 crew trained for a crew departure and cargo craft arrival. NanoRacks, a private company with facilities on the space station, deployed a total of 17 CubeSats over two days this Read full post

Posted May 26, 2017 at 11:48 am on Space Station

NASA's 8th Annual Robotic Mining Competition Underway at Kennedy Space Center

The robots are here. More than 40 teams of undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the U.S. have descended upon NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with their uniquely-designed robotic miners, in all shapes and sizes, to compete over three days in the agency's 2017 Robotic Mining Competition (RMC). Each team’s Read full post

Posted May 25, 2017 at 5:50 pm on Kennedy Space Center

Dragon Training and Body Measurements on Station Today

The Expedition 51 crew trained today for the next SpaceX Dragon mission due early next month. The five crew members also explored how microgravity affects their bodies to help scientists keep astronauts healthy in space. The next Dragon mission, SpaceX CRS-11, is scheduled to launch June 1 to deliver new space Read full post

Posted May 25, 2017 at 4:10 pm on Space Station

ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/25/2017

Grasp Commissioning:  To complete commissioning for the Grasp investigation hardware, Pesquet performed tasks in a seated position. Grasp is intended to provide insight into how the central nervous system integrates information from different sensory modalities encoded in different reference frames to coordinate movements of the hand with objects in the Read full post

Posted May 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Test Dummies Provide Valuable Data for Starliner’s Seat Design

Every aspect of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program spacecraft are being tested for the journey to and from the International Space Station to meet the agency’s mission and safety requirements. Testing from Boeing and SpaceX demonstrates how the systems perform in flight-like scenarios. Engineers working with Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft recently Read full post

Posted May 25, 2017 at 12:23 pm on Commercial Crew Program

NASA Education Express Message -- May 25, 2017

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below. NEW THIS WEEK! Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators Next Event Date: May 25, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT 2017 Girls in STEM Event at NASA’s Glenn Research Center Audience: Summer Read full post

Posted May 25, 2017 at 8:34 am on NASA Education EXPRESS

ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/24/2017

OsteoOmics:  The crew fixated BioCells in Biocell Habitat 1 inserted the sample into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  Crewmembers experience bone loss in orbit stemming from the lack of gravity acting on their bones. OsteoOmics investigates the molecular mechanisms that dictate this bone loss by Read full post

Posted May 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/23/2017

External (EXT) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM)-1 R&R Extravehicular Activity (EVA):  With IV support from Thomas Pesquet, today Peggy Whitson (EV1) and Jack Fischer (EV2) performed a 2 hour 46 minute EVA to Remove & Replace (R&R) the EXT MDM-1 that failed on Saturday, May 20th. While Whitson performed the EXT MDM R&R, Read full post

Posted May 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm on ISS On-Orbit Status Report

Short Spacewalk Complete After Successful Installation Work

Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA concluded their spacewalk at 10:06 a.m. EDT. During the spacewalk, which lasted two hours and 46 minutes, the two astronauts successfully replaced a computer relay box, and installed a pair of antennas on station to enhance wireless communication Read full post

Posted May 23, 2017 at 10:13 am on Space Station

Two NASA Astronauts Begin Station Spacewalk

Two NASA astronauts switched their spacesuits to battery power this morning at 7:20 a.m., EDT aboard the International Space Station to begin a spacewalk planned to last about 2.5 hours. Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer will replace a critical computer relay box. The relay box, known Read full post

Posted May 23, 2017 at 7:22 am on Space Station