Crew Off-Duty for Russian Holiday While SpaceX Sets Saturday Launch

Barry Wilmore and Samantha Cristoforetti
Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore of NASA and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) pose for the camera on Christmas day aboard the International Space Station. Wilmore is holding a patch traditionally given to astronauts following their first flight on a Soyuz spacecraft.

The six-member Expedition 42 crew had the day off and relaxed Wednesday for the Russian Christmas holiday. Meanwhile, SpaceX engineers in Florida worked to troubleshoot an issue in the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket that halted Tuesday’ s launch of its Dragon commercial cargo craft.

Dragon’s launch atop the Falcon 9 rocket is now set for Saturday at 4:47 a.m. EST with live NASA Television coverage scheduled to begin at 3:30 a.m. SpaceX’s fifth cargo mission for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract will arrive at the International Space Station on Monday culminating in the robotic capture of Dragon around 6 a.m. Live NASA TV coverage will begin at 4:30 a.m.

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7 thoughts on “Crew Off-Duty for Russian Holiday While SpaceX Sets Saturday Launch”

  1. 믿기 어려울 정도로 머나먼 공간에서의 소식을 이렇게 나눌 수 있어 참 기쁩니다. 늘 안전과 건강 가운데 임무완수 후 무사 귀환 및 귀가 하실 수 있기를 빌고 있어요. 다른 모든 우주인 여러분들 또한 마친가지죠! 영어가 짧아 모국어인 한글로 써 보내 드리는 것을 양해 바랍니다. NASA 본부와 유관 NASA 임직원 여러분과 가족 모두의 건강과 평강을 또한 빕니다! ^^

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