First of Two Station Boosts Complete

Sparkling cities below the International Space Station
ISS043E257296 (05/26/2015) — Sparkling cities below the International Space Station are haloed by an aurora on the Earth’s horizon on May 26, 2015.

The International Space Station got an orbital boost this morning after a docked Russian resupply craft fired its engines for four minutes and eight seconds. One more reboost is scheduled for July 10 when the station will be at the proper altitude for a new Soyuz crew to dock at the end of July.

The crew onboard the orbital laboratory conducted a wide array of experiments today looking at such things as radiation, liquid crystals and life science. The trio of station residents also continued more eye checks with assistance from specialists on the ground.

One-Year crew member Mikhail Kornienko participated in the Matroyshka and RADI-N studies monitoring space radiation and exploring how it affects station crew members. Commander Gennady Padalka explored the behavior of liquid crystals in microgravity for the OASIS experiment with results potentially benefitting future space helmets with small display screens. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly worked in the Microgravity Science Glovebox cleaning up after earlier work with the Rodent Research study.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko are the next crew preparing to launch to the space station and join Expedition 44. Their launch aboard a Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft is planned for July 22 when they will take a six-hour ride to their new home in space.

7 thoughts on “First of Two Station Boosts Complete”

  1. If a match is struck on Earth the flame normally burns pointing up because heat rises.
    Seeing as there is no UP on the ISS due to there being little gravity, if a match was struck there, would the flame be a ball of plasma radiating heat in every direction?
    If so, we would find it interesting if NASA were to make a video of that.

  2. Aurola is fantastic.
    Could it be possible to inhale aurola with such like a vacuum cleaner and reproduce in my room or
    anywhere?

  3. I imagine the task in microgravity is more harder than we think. Astronauts are experts in it.I hope misson in microgravity will be comfortable and smoothly someday.

  4. You say the Russian supply ship fired it’s engines to change the orbit of the space station. Is this Russian supply ship still attached to the space station now; or did it detach from the space station after the orbit change?

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