New SpaceX Crewmates Wrap Up First Workweek Aboard Station

NASA astronauts (from left) Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Chris Cassidy are the U.S. members of the Expedition 63 crew. Credits: NASA
NASA astronauts (from left) Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Chris Cassidy are the U.S. members of the Expedition 63 crew. Credits: NASA

The Expedition 63 crew and its two newest crewmates aboard the International Space Station wrapped up the workweek studying a wide range of space phenomena.

Commander Chris Cassidy began Friday setting up optical communications gear aboard the Japanese Kibo laboratory module. The new broadband hardware will demonstrate transmitting large amounts of data back and forth from the station to the ground. Afterward, the NASA astronaut swapped out test samples for an experiment taking place inside the Materials Science Laboratory.

New station Flight Engineers Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are still in a handover period as they wrap up their first work week in space. The astronauts familiarized themselves today with medical kits, the food pantry, communication systems and safety procedures. They also continued researching space bubbles in microfluids and unpacked Japan’s HTV-9 resupply ship, which arrived six days before they did.

Roscosmos Flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner kept up this week’s research as they photographed natural and man-made impacts on Earth and monitored the station’s radiation environment. The duo also continued inspecting the orbiting lab’s Russian modules while videotaping their station activities for Earth audiences.

30 thoughts on “New SpaceX Crewmates Wrap Up First Workweek Aboard Station”

  1. “The astronauts familiarized themselves today with medical kits, the food pantry, communication systems and safety procedures.”

    I couldn’t help but imagine how Doug and Bob are familiarizing themselves with the food pantry.

  2. Can I be notified when iss passes over Reno NV.

    Congratulations to NASA, SpaceX, the ISS crew and the thousands who made this big advance possible! Live long and prosper! ☀️☀️

  3. The two newest members of Expedition 63 crew seem to be settling in well. What type of assessments will SpaceX and NASA conduct of the Dragon spacecraft to determine the point at which Behnken and Hurley should return to Earth?

  4. So awesome. I am thrilled that it’s possible for us earthlings to be able to watch and learn what our great people are doing. I’m following it all. Bless everyone concerned. Amazing stuff!!!!!! Hope I live long enough to see first man/woman land on Mars.

  5. Hi. We watched the launch and the docking and it was amazing!! I like reading what you do up there tho I don’t understand the technical stuff!! Hope we see photos of a space walk!

  6. Hallo Freunde im Welraum! Ich verfolge scho seit meiner Jugendzeit die Aktivitäten der Welraumforschung und bin möchtig stolz auf die erbrachten Leistungen! Jetzt bin ich bald 75 Jahre alt und bedaure, dass ich wohl nicht mehr verfolgen kann, wie ihr zum Mars fliegt…
    Trotzdem allen: Toi-Toi-Toi, Good Luck and keep your fingers crossed! Rudolf

  7. I just love the fact that our astronauts flew in to space using a private American rocket launched from American soil.. America we are back!!!!

  8. wonderful to follow this historic flight and the science done in space. when is the space x capsule schduled to return to earth?
    thanks
    barry

  9. Im happy to see that the mission has be en succesful this far! Unfortunately we lost 4 years comparing to the plan. I lost my father even tho he had no bigger interest in spacetravels and many people dies in the current pandemic. I know its not your call when to go but you must have reflect over it. I hope that the responsible in Houston consider a seedbank like the one in Svalbard of the Earth and maybe a genome bank with rare species.

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