Crew Back to Work After Orbital Debris Precautions

One-Year Crew
One-Year crew members Mikhail Kornienko (left) and Scott Kelly talk to journalists on Earth Thursday morning about their year-long mission and the Pluto flyby. Watch the interview video… Credit: NASA TV

The Expedition 44 crew is back at work after taking precautions as a piece of orbital debris safely passed the International Space Station this morning. Meanwhile, three new crew members are conducting final preparations before next week’s launch to the orbital laboratory.

Mission Control in Houston tracked a fragment of an old weather satellite and predicted a possible conjunction with the station at 8:01 a.m. EDT. Flight Director Ed Van Cise then ordered Commander Gennady Padalka and One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko to take shelter in their docked Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft as a precaution. After a safe pass, the crew then went back to work resuming normal station operations.

Back on Earth, three new Expedition 44 crew members from the U.S., Russia and Japan are counting down to their July 22 launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft. The trio consisting of Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui are at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for final prelaunch activities while engineers inspect their Soyuz vehicle before next week’s roll out to the launch pad.

8 thoughts on “Crew Back to Work After Orbital Debris Precautions”

  1. Unknown world is so exciting! If i found something piece of the universe ,i will run up to it.

  2. Bright news will happen folowing the happy news of New Horizen
    arrival at Pluto. I watched
    Nasa TV about it.I was happy. too.Please let me applaud for great America.!

  3. Countless stars are there in the universe.and
    these are consisting of ecosystem of planets.
    How wondering!

  4. Hello ISS Expedition 44

    We came to school early today and our class watched your launch with our teacher and Principal ! We were so excited to see this live. We counted down as you took off. We were amazed at how fast you went and how calm you all looked. Your space suits look really cool. Good luck for the rest of the trip, we are hoping to see you enter the hatches.

    From Room 5
    St Mary’s School
    New Zealand.

  5. Hi,

    We’ve been watching you take off and arrive at the ISS. We wondered how you took off your space suit in the small cockpit? Also what did you do in the cockpit while you were flying up to the International Space Station?

    We saw you come out, you looked very happy about making it and it was lucky that the port solar array deployed in the last minute. Congratulations on arriving !!


    Rm 5
    St Mary’s School
    New Zealand

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