Dragon Training and Brain Imaging for Astronauts

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, from the European Space Agency, works to load gear inside the Kibo laboratory module’s airlock.

The Expedition 50 crew trained today for the robotic capture of the SpaceX Dragon and studied how the brain adapts to living in space. Three crew members also conducted an emergency drill aboard the International Space Station.

Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Thomas Pesquet joined Commander Shane Kimbrough to study the robotics maneuvers they will use when the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship arrives later this month. Dragon is targeted to liftoff mid-February atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The tenth commercial resupply mission from SpaceX will deliver advanced space research to improve disease-fighting drugs, observe Earth’s climate and automate spacecraft navigation.

Whitson also set up magnetic resonance brain imaging hardware for the NeuroMapping experiment. The study, which has been ongoing since 2014, is exploring changes in the brain and how an astronaut’s cognition, perception and motion are affected by long-term space missions.

Veteran station residents Oleg Novitskiy and Whitson along with first-time space flyer Pesquet practiced an emergency Soyuz descent today. The trio entered their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft and simulated a scenario in the unlikely event the crew would have to evacuate the station quickly and return to Earth.

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4 thoughts on “Dragon Training and Brain Imaging for Astronauts”

  1. Howdy NASA and ISS,
    The world looking at you as a great organization with a highest level of the scientific researches , experiments, a developed machines ,,,, etc. hopefully you adopt the responsibility to be as a leader of these would’s attempts, and lead world’s attempts ( and being as the best example ) , to build a new bases for the human civilization to be based upon renewable energy sources , before depleting would’s fossil energy sources , to give the hope for this civilization to continue strongly and healthy .
    These renewable energy sources are available and a very strongly in the world with a very high energy, if we don’t use it properly, it will represent and pose a seriously harmful dangerous and threatens every thing in the Earth .
    Space exploration and exploitation are important , but we have to give the priority for the Earth and the human civilization.
    I’m sure you’ll a big team around the world will share their sincere efforts to work with you in this field, because it’s not competition but participation .
    Armen Ohan

    1. Note:
      If we calculate how much water results daily during burning oil , we will find that it results an extremely huge amounts of water as steam , for example burning Benzene usually in personal cars , the burning chemical reactions is as the following function:
      C6H6 + 7.5O2 = 6CO2 + 3H2O
      Atomic mass of Oxygen is 16
      Atomic mass of Hydrogen is
      molar mass of water is. ( 1 )*2+16 = 18
      according to the previous chemical function each one mol benzene generate 3 mol of water .
      One billion car in the world ! regardless another sorts of engines and fuels , if we calculate the results for each day or per year , maybe we will find it could even threatens increasing the level of sea water of the world gradually.
      World daily production is nearly 96 million barrels ,one barrel is about 159 liters,results of burning one barrel oil 432,71 kg CO2 the rest is water.
      Note : This is a merely general views of water results during the burning of Benzene in personal cars, regardless carbon dioxide which threatens global pollution and global warming .

      1. Note:
        The results may effects gradually remember the results of carbon dioxide is also a little , but it began to threatens as global warming , ( it depends how long people will stay using their classical engines ).
        World oil production is nearly 96 million barrels daily, one barrel is about 159 liters, and results of burning one barrel oil is 432,71 kg CO2 and the rest is water as steam then it will flow with world’s sources of water and increase world’s sea water elevation for long range.
        World consumption the natural gas per year is 3,510,000,000 trillion cubic metres and burning of the natural gas have a higher results of water comparing with results of burning the similar mass unit of oil , due increase number of Hydrogen atoms per each molecules of the natural gas, where it’s chemical symbol generally is ( CH4 ) ,

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