Crew Relaxes Following Three Weeks of Spacewalks, Relocation

(From left) Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soichi Noguchi of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Victor Glover gather around a laptop computer to watch a movie inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module.
(From left) Michael Hopkins of NASA, Soichi Noguchi of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Victor Glover, gather around a laptop computer for a video conference.

The seven-member Expedition 64 crew is taking a well-deserved break today following a Soyuz crew ship relocation and three spacewalks in just three weeks.

NASA Flight Engineer Kate Rubins and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov hitched a ride on Friday inside the Soyuz MS-17 crew ship piloted by Commander Sergey Ryzhikov. The trio backed out from the Earth-facing Rassvet module and pulled into the space-facing port of the Poisk module during the 34-minute maneuver. This opens up Rassvet for the April 9 arrival of three new Expedition 65 crew members, including NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, aboard the Soyuz MS-18 crew ship.

Rubins and her fellow astronauts Soichi Noguchi, Victor Glover and Michael Hopkins, completed a series of three spacewalks on Feb. 28, March 5 and March 13. Rubins and Glover set out on the first spacewalk to ready the International Space Station for new solar arrays. On the second excursion, Rubins and Noguchi continued the solar array upgrade work. Finally, Glover and Hopkins worked outside the station during the third spacewalk servicing the cooling system, communications gear, and the Bartolomeo science platform.

Science and maintenance will pick up back up again on Tuesday when the crew explores microgravity’s impact on genetic expression and vision. The orbital residents will also be reconfiguring a variety of research racks to ensure advanced space science remains up and running on the orbiting lab.

8 thoughts on “Crew Relaxes Following Three Weeks of Spacewalks, Relocation”

  1. My name is Wayne clayton. 52 years old and live in Jamaica. I get really excited whenever i hear about space and the international space station. I would love to go there one day (dream on). Enjoy your stay above the clouds.

  2. Hi space crew members! I’ve just 1 question does a DC motor work as a dynamo in zero gravity once spun does it run itself? Kind regards Angie Dews

  3. Growing up in Trinidad WI, Years ago my neighbor draw my attention to something in the sky, when i looked at what I saw, I was thrilled and amazed of what I saw. A chariot with horses, and men, and the horse galloping, I watch this , until it just disappeared through the cloud, and up until today, I am thrilled.I just don’t know, but God is Great. I am amazed of the astronaut , all the best.

  4. I read that it takes 2 years to become an astronaut however I’m sure that every mission is different as science advances. I would love to see a documentary following the day-to-day life during a training session for a mission including simulators etc. It’s almost embarrassing how little I know about what’s going on in the international space station I watched the show once where they walked us through what life was like in the station and I was totally fascinated. I think more people like me who are not engineers, have no interest in going to space(afraid of heights would probably disqualify me); but would love to live vicariously through those of you brave enough to embark on this endeavor, would like to see more about your daily lives. Sadly the only time I see much attention drawn to what’s going on at NASA is when there is a problem. When I do read about the experiments that you all are conducting I don’t understand everything however I’m still fascinated. I have watched many of your space walks for maintenance trips and have so much trouble trying to put myself into your shoes wondering what it would be like to just step outside into space. The thought is truly terrifying and yet you guys make it look so easy just another trip to the park. When you do broadcast spacewalks while you’re making repairs etc I don’t really understand most of it what I would really love to see are the astronauts who do the space walks explain to us more about what it’s like and how they prepare. Thank you for everything you do even though I don’t understand most of it I know how important it is in the grand scheme of things. Thank you for the sacrifice you make every day. I’m sure it must be extremely difficult to be away from your loved ones for months at a time. What a commitment! Wishing you success in your mission and a safe flight home.
    Best wishes,
    Connie Williamson

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