Diverse Space Research and Station Robotics Fill Crew Day

The Expedition 63 crew trio continued ongoing space research and orbital housekeeping aboard the International Space Station today. Mission controllers are also preparing the Canadarm2 robotics arm for departure operations with Japan’s ninth resupply ship. Commander Chris Cassidy split his Thursday shift with physics research in the morning and plumbing and Read full post

Josephine - Atlantic Ocean

Aug. 13, 2020 - NASA-NOAA Satellite Nighttime Imagery Reveals Development of Tropical Storm Josephine The tenth named tropical cyclone of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane season was named today, Aug. 13, after NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a nighttime image of the storm. Tropical Storm Josephine developed from Tropical Depression 11. Over the Read full post

Elida - Eastern Pacific Ocean

Aug. 13, 2020 - NASA-NOAA Satellite Nighttime Imagery Helps Confirm Elida Now Post-Tropical NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite provided a night-time image of Elida in the Eastern Pacific Ocean that helped confirm the storm had weakened to a post-tropical cyclone. What is a Post-tropical Cyclone? The National Hurricane Center (NHC) defines a post-tropical Read full post

Crew Packs Japanese Ship, Studies Space Physics and Earth

The Expedition 63 crew members are getting a Japanese spaceship ready for departure next week. In the meantime, the International Space Station trio was busy today with science, video communications and orbital plumbing. Commander Chris Cassidy and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin partnered up today loading Japan’s resupply ship with trash and Read full post

06W - Northwestern Pacific Ocean

Aug. 12, 2020 - NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP Satellite Finds a Stubborn Tropical Depression 06W Tropical Depression 06W has been around for days, and continues to hold together as it moves in a westerly direction toward Taiwan in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of the Read full post

Elida - Eastern Pacific Ocean

Aug. 12, 2020 - NASA Finds Hurricane Elida’s Eye Covered NASA’s Aqua satellite obtained visible imagery of Hurricane Elida in the Eastern Pacific as it continued to weaken. Imagery revealed that Elida’s eye had become covered as the storm embarks on a weakening trend over cooler waters. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Read full post

ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/11/2020

Payloads Cell Biology Experiment Facility-L (CBEF-L): The crew replaced the CO2 Regulator for controlling the CO2 supply pressure on the Saibo Rack in support of future CBEF-L operations. The CO2 valve was opened to allow flow and the ground teams are performing a leak check of the line. Cell Biology Experiment Read full post

Mekkhala - Northwestern Pacific Ocean

Aug. 11, 2020 - NASA Finds Mekkhala Coming Apart After Landfall in Southeastern China NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with a visible image of former Typhoon Mekkhala shortly after it made landfall in southeastern China. Wind shear had torn the storm apart. Mekkhala made landfall in Fujian, southeastern China, bringing strong Read full post

Elida - Eastern Pacific Ocean

Aug. 11, 2020 - NASA-NOAA Satellite Night-time Animation Shows Intensification of Hurricane Elida A new animation of night-time imagery from NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite revealed how the Eastern Pacific Ocean’s Elida transformed into a hurricane over a three-day period. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed the Eastern Pacific Ocean overnight on Aug. 10 Read full post

Japanese Resupply Ship Departs Next Week

A Japanese resupply ship will depart the International Space Station next week after nearly three months attached to the orbital lab. Meanwhile, the Expedition 63 crew continued a variety of science operations today. JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, announced Tuesday, Aug. 18, as the release date for its H-II Transfer Read full post