Canadarm2 Prepares to Grab Dragon; Life Science for Crew

Flight Engineer Terry Virts
ISS042E119876 (01/10/2015) — US Astronaut and Flight Engineer Terry Virts a member of Expedition 42 on the International Space Station prepares to take scientific photographs on Jan. 10, 2015.

Mission Controllers in Houston will send commands to the 57.7 foot long Canadarm2 to grapple the SpaceX Dragon space freighter Tuesday. The robotic arm will latch on to a grapple fixture ahead of next week’s release of Dragon from the Harmony module. It will splash down off the Pacific coast of Baja California loaded with research and gear for analysis on Earth.

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Back inside the International Space Station, the crew is working on more visiting vehicle activities, spacewalk preparations as well as ongoing microgravity science.

Commander Barry Wilmore is loading Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-5 (ATV-5) with trash readying the vehicle for its departure Feb. 14. Cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Anton Shkaplerov practiced using the telerobotically operated rendezvous system, or TORU, ahead of the Feb. 17 arrival of the ISS Progress 58 resupply ship. The TORU would be used in the unlikely event the Kurs automated rendezvous system failed during the Progress’ approach.

Wilmore also harvested plants for the APEX-03 botany experiment. That study observes the effects of microgravity on the development of roots and cells on plant seedlings. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti looked at roundworms for the Epigenetics study that researches if new cell generations adapt to microgravity.

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3 thoughts on “Canadarm2 Prepares to Grab Dragon; Life Science for Crew”

  1. This info is so fascinating that a person could skip breakfast! I would like to. know the numerical
    specific on the big camara pictured in the blog, especially the the lens. To work with the cameras the astronauts have available to them is an experience in photography alone. Shooting the earth…etc. Being an amateur bring great wonder and excitement to this work. I salute all of you!

  2. Não sei inglês,por isso escrevo em português brasileiro. Gostaria de saber quais os benefícios dos estudos da NASA no que diz respeito aos projetos que possibilitam o estabelecimento de politicas publicas suficientes para minimizar os efeitos das mudanças climáticas.

    Ok…. muito obrigado.

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