Astronauts Ready Spacesuits as Commander Observes Moment of Silence

Expedition 46 Crew Members
Four crew members of Expedition 46 pose for the camera after taking turns getting a quick haircut onboard the International Space Station. From left to right: Roscosmos cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov, NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Timothy Peake.

Two astronauts were back at work today preparing the spacesuits and tools they will use next week during a maintenance spacewalk. The crew also wrapped up some plumbing work while continuing a wide variety of space science.

Flight Engineers Tim Kopra and Tim Peake checked out their U.S. spacesuits ensuring a good fit and readied their spacewalk tools. The duo from the United States and Britain will exit the International Space Station Jan. 15 to replace a failed voltage regulator and work on other maintenance tasks.

The station’s restroom, the Waste and Hygiene Compartment, is back in operation after some parts and cables were replaced. That work was completed after a leak was discovered.

Commander Scott Kelly joined his fellow One-Year crewmate Mikhail Kornienko for the ongoing Fluid Shifts study. That experiment explores how microgravity increases brain pressure pushing back on a crew member’s eye possibly affecting their vision.

Kelly observed a moment of silence this morning to mark the 5th anniversary of the shootings in Tucson, AZ. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, married to Kelly’s twin brother and ex-astronaut Mark Kelly, was gravely wounded that day. Kelly, who was in space that day as commander of Expedition 26, was joined by his crewmates today for the silent moment.

6 thoughts on “Astronauts Ready Spacesuits as Commander Observes Moment of Silence”

  1. How nice your faces are shining!
    Please have a safe journey.
    I am looking forward to your mission complete success.

  2. Aeschylus: “Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.” (as quoted by Bobby Kennedy, 04 APR 1968, Indianapolis)

  3. I DO REXPECT AND SALUTE WITH HONEST HEART FOR YOU ALL CREWS MEMBERS WITH MY REXPECTIVE BIG BROTHER BERRY WILMORE.

  4. Respect to those who take the a chance, risk their lives to explore places that most of us can only imagine in dreams as we look upon in ore, through telescope’s and the media, wandering one day will space be the next ocean we travel to discover new lands looking for places to inhabit. God bless you all may your journey’s end back home here on earth

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