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Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1080 on: 02/23/2024 05:57 pm »
Expedition 70 Relaxes as SpaceX Crew-8 Preps for Launch

Mark Garcia Posted on February 23, 2024

The seven-member Expedition 70 crew relaxed on Friday following a busy week of space research and cargo transfers beginning a three-day weekend. The orbital septet will go into the final days of February continuing its microgravity science while also preparing to welcome four new Commercial Crew members to the International Space Station.

On Sunday, Feb. 25, four SpaceX Crew-8 members will arrive at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for a five-day quarantine period. The Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft atop will also roll out to its launch pad at KSC’s Launch Complex 39A the same day. NASA astronauts Matthew Dominick, Michael Barratt, and Jeanette Epps and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin are in final preparations for their lift off aboard Dragon targeted for 12:04 a.m. EDT on Friday, March 1. The quartet will rendezvous with the orbital outpost just over a day later and dock to the Harmony module’s forward port on Saturday, March 2.

The four Dragon crewmates will be greeted by the station residents, call down to Earth for a welcoming ceremony with family and mission officials, then participate in a mandatory onboard safety briefing. The commercial quartet will become Expedition 70-71 crew members and remain in space until mid-summer.

During a six-month stay aboard the orbital lab, the Crew-8 foursome will research a multitude of space phenomena to improve life for humans living on and off the Earth. The quartet will explore the mechanisms behind neurological disorders, ways to prevent fluid shifts that occur in astronauts living in space, how microgravity affects plant growth, and how algae may improve spacecraft life support systems.

About a week later, four SpaceX Crew-7 crew members who have been aboard the space station since Aug. 27, 2023, will undock from the Harmony’s space-facing port aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft. Astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli, Andreas Mogensen, and Satoshi Furukawa along with cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov are planned to take a day’s ride orbiting Earth inside Endurance before splashing down off the coast of Florida ending a six-and-a-half-month mission in space.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2024/02/23/expedition-70-relaxes-as-spacex-crew-8-preps-for-launch/

The crew of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 mission to the International Space Station poses for a photo during their Crew Equipment Interface Test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1081 on: 02/24/2024 12:37 am »
International Space Station
@Space_Station
This week on #SpaceToGround, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson discussed science with the Exp 70 crew, a microgravity investigation is looking into how spaceflight affects plant microbe interactions, and #Crew8 is gearing up for launch. 🌱🚀

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1761156480051691995

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Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1082 on: 02/24/2024 01:36 pm »
Katya Pavlushchenko
@katlinegrey
An ISS orbit correction was performed tonight at 00:21 UTC in preparation for the Soyuz MS-25 arrival. The engines of #ProgressMS26 fired for 1053.12 sec. The station's orbit altitude was increased for 3.04 km.

https://twitter.com/katlinegrey/status/1761279487776264435

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1083 on: 02/24/2024 01:47 pm »
Andreas Mogensen
@Astro_Andreas
If you want to get an idea of how fast we are flying over the Earth, and how quick you have to be to get the photos you want, take a look at these photos of a snow-covered Grand Canyon. I took these photos 30 seconds after I took the photo of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station in the Mojave Desert in yesterday’s post. Blink and you will have missed your target!

From the distance between the two places, about 300 km (185 miles), and the time between pictures, how fast do you think the International @Space_Station moves over Earth?

#Huginn #GrandCanyon #IAmSpeed #SpaceMath

https://twitter.com/Astro_Andreas/status/1761345474538229839

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1084 on: 02/25/2024 01:32 am »
Jasmin Moghbeli
@AstroJaws
I truly can’t believe this adventure is almost over. This is what I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. I was afraid I might get here and be disappointed after having such high expectations my entire life but, if anything, this experience has surpassed all my expectations. Feeling a bit overwhelmed and very grateful as I savor some of my last moments on the @Space_Station in my favorite spot, the cupola.

https://twitter.com/AstroJaws/status/1761561913933086759

Offline Yellowstone10

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1085 on: 02/26/2024 03:18 pm »
A view from an SSRMS camera showing the Nanoracks Airlock back on the port CBM of Node 3 (with the GITAI S2 payload installed on its exterior).

Offline Yellowstone10

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1086 on: 02/26/2024 04:27 pm »
SSRMS is backing away from the grapple fixture on the Nanoracks Airlock (release time 1710 UTC per ISS Mimic).

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Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1087 on: 02/26/2024 04:53 pm »
古川聡 Satoshi Furukawa
@Astro_Satoshi
NASAの宇宙での植物栽培実験タスクを行いました。Working on NASA APEX-10, plant growth in space.

https://twitter.com/Astro_Satoshi/status/1762029573380985213

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Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1088 on: 02/26/2024 05:15 pm »
ISS Research
@ISS_Research
Living in microgravity can cause cartilage deterioration. This connective tissue is essential to protect our joints. An experiment testing ways to maintain cartilage health on future long-duration missions has recently arrived to @Space_Station. Read more: http://go.nasa.gov/3U4ob3a

https://twitter.com/ISS_Research/status/1762157604779004129

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Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1089 on: 02/26/2024 05:20 pm »
Jasmin Moghbeli
@AstroJaws
Every day on @Space_Station, we have 2.5 hours blocked off for exercise – 1 hour for cardio and 1.5 hours for resistive exercise. For cardio, we have two options - a treadmill called T2 (harness required) and a stationary bike called CEVIS (no seat required). Meanwhile, the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) provides us with the versatility to choose from a broad assortment of exercises using either the bar or cable. Even better, the ARED provides a spectacular view out the cupola windows!
 
These 2.5 hours have become one of my favorite times of the day. While the weightless environment is a lot of fun, especially floating/flying/flipping around, it also comes with its challenges! The 12 hours between our morning and evening daily planning conferences on work days often leave me mentally exhausted. I have found that losing focus for a few seconds could cost you hours if something floats off. Exercise time provides me an opportunity to relax my mind, listen to music, and look at our beautiful planet. Plus, I really crave the load on my body when most of the day is spent floating with limited use of my muscles.

https://twitter.com/AstroJaws/status/1762159016304595000

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Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1090 on: 02/26/2024 05:39 pm »
Station Crew Explores Space Health as Dragon Crew Nears Launch

Mark Garcia Posted on February 26, 2024

Human research, space physics, and airlock operations started the week for the Expedition 70 crew aboard the International Space Station. Back on Earth, four Commercial Crew members are counting down to their launch aboard the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the orbital outpost.

Exercising daily in space is critical to maintain crew health due to the effects of living long-term in weightlessness. Astronauts work out on specialized exercise gear designed specifically for the microgravity environment including a treadmill, an exercise cycle, and the advanced resistive exercise device. Doctors frequently monitor these exercise sessions while crew members are attached to sensors, electrodes, and breathing gear.

Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli of NASA and Satoshi Furukawa of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) took turns pedaling on the exercise cycle Monday morning for a workout study. The duo exercised inside the Destiny laboratory module for the regularly scheduled aerobics and fitness test that measures heart and breathing rate.

Moghbeli then moved on and joined NASA Flight Engineer Loral O’Hara to work on the NanoRacks Bishop airlock inside the Tranquility module. Both astronauts spent Monday afternoon reconfiguring Bishop after it was reattached to Tranquility following a week of experimental GITAI-S2 robotics tests. The autonomous robotic arm demonstration explores using automated robots to build habitats and spacecraft on future lunar and planetary missions. Furukawa also assisted with the airlock work after he inspected hatches in the U.S. segment of the space station.

Physics was also on the research schedule as O’Hara and Commander Andreas Mogensen from ESA (European Space Agency) serviced samples and hardware for a pair of different experiments. O’Hara swapped optic fiber samples inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox for an investigation exploring how to manufacture fiber optic cables superior to those produced on Earth. Mogensen replaced components inside the Combustion Integrated Rack for a space fire safety experiment.

Roscosmos Flight Engineer Nikolai Chub had a fitness evaluation on Monday as he jogged on a treadmill with electrodes attached to his chest measuring his heart rate. Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Konstantin Borisov tried on a suit being tested for its ability to help crew members adjust to Earth’s gravity after living for months or years in space.

Meanwhile, the space station is orbiting higher after the docked Progress 87 resupply ship fired its engines for over 17 minutes on Friday. The orbital reboost positions the station for next month’s launch of the Soyuz MS-25 crew ship and the departure of the Soyuz MS-24 crew ship.

Back on Earth, four Commercial Crew members representing the SpaceX Crew-8 mission are at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida preparing for their launch aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft. Commander Matt Dominick, Pilot Mike Barratt, and Mission Specialists Jeanette Epps and Alexander Grebenkin will lift off aboard Dragon at 12:04 a.m. EST on Friday. They will dock to the Harmony module’s forward port at 6 a.m. on Saturday beginning a six-month space research mission on the orbital lab.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/crew-8/2024/02/26/station-crew-explores-space-health-as-dragon-crew-nears-launch/

The four SpaceX Crew-8 members are pictured shortly after arriving at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 25, 2024. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1091 on: 02/26/2024 06:06 pm »
ISS Research
@ISS_Research
Scheduled to launch in March, the 30th SpaceX resupply mission brings new science to the @Space_Station! Learn about tech that monitors sea ice, off-planet photosynthesis, and nanoparticle solar cells: http://go.nasa.gov/3SS9mhA

https://twitter.com/ISS_Research/status/1762191802520768805

Offline Yellowstone10

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1092 on: 02/26/2024 06:16 pm »
SSRMS has walked off to PDGF 3 on the Mobile Base System.

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1093 on: 02/26/2024 06:43 pm »
Katya Pavlushchenko
@katlinegrey
The pre-flight press conference of #SoyuzMS25 main and backup crews will be held on March 1 at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. According to GCTC, it won't be streamed online, but the record will be available on Youtube. Ask your questions in comments: https://t.me/GagarinCosmonautTrainingCenter/3149

https://twitter.com/katlinegrey/status/1762197194008830372

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1094 on: 02/26/2024 06:52 pm »
SpaceX
@SpaceX
Falcon 9 and Dragon vertical at 39A in Florida. Targeting Friday, March 1 for launch of Crew-8 → http://spacex.com/launches

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1762202161591803914

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1095 on: 02/26/2024 09:03 pm »
古川聡 Satoshi Furukawa
@Astro_Satoshi
GT:
We performed maintenance on the electrostatic levitation furnace (ELF). In addition to metals, it also floats ceramics such as oxides and glass, as it uses static electricity to float the sample. In a microgravity environment, there is no need for a container, no impurities are generated, and it is possible to investigate the precise thermophysical properties of substances, which is expected to be useful for improving processing processes on the ground, developing new materials, and reducing costs.

https://twitter.com/Astro_Satoshi/status/1762029466665247053

Offline Yellowstone10

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1096 on: 02/26/2024 09:17 pm »
SSRMS is doing some photo surveys of the Crew-7 Dragon. (They mentioned during the post-FRR press conference yesterday that some paint discoloration had been spotted on the Dragon that they were going to take a closer look at.)

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1097 on: 02/27/2024 05:59 pm »
Andreas Mogensen
@Astro_Andreas
On the weekends, we have time off and and while I like to call my friends and family or sit in the Cupola and take pictures of Earth, I sometimes like to play around a bit. I recorded this video a few weeks ago and finally got around to sharing it with you.

The way a liquid, in this case orange juice, moves around on the Space Station is fascinating, rippling when I blow on it and how sticks to me as I drink it.

#Huginn #OrangeJuice #Playtime

https://twitter.com/Astro_Andreas/status/1762390567718146282

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1098 on: 02/27/2024 06:04 pm »
SpaceX
@SpaceX
Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete – targeting Friday, March 1 at 12:04 a.m. ET for launch of @NASA’s Crew-8 mission to the @space_station from pad 39A in Florida → http://spacex.com/launches

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1762397002250494120

Offline ddspaceman

Re: Expedition 70 Thread
« Reply #1099 on: 02/27/2024 06:10 pm »
古川聡 Satoshi Furukawa
@Astro_Satoshi

It’s already morning on the right side of the photo, still night on the left.

Pacific Ocean and clouds seen from the ISS.

https://twitter.com/Astro_Satoshi/status/1762407206493045193

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