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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #20 on: 01/19/2019 03:26 pm »
A hi res version of the crew photo would be very nice...
Full 4.4 MB high-res version now attached

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« Reply #21 on: 02/26/2019 08:23 pm »
Next Crew Arrives at Launch Site as Station Preps for First SpaceX Crew Dragon

Mark Garcia Posted on February 26, 2019

The Expedition 59-60 crew arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan today. Commander Alexey Ovchinin and Flight Engineers Nick Hague and Christina Koch are final training before their March 14 liftoff aboard the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft. They will take a six-hour ride to their new orbital home where they will live and work until October.

Meanwhile, the Expedition 58 crew is back at today aboard the International Space Station after taking the day off Monday. The orbital lab is also flying at higher altitude to get ready for the arrival Russian crew and cargo ships starting next month.

The space station is orbiting two miles higher at its perigee after the docked Progress 71 resupply ship fired its engines for seven minutes and 31 seconds Monday night. This places the station at the correct altitude for the March 14 arrival of the Expedition 59-60 crew and the Progress 72 cargo craft docking on April 4.

The station astronauts are training all week for the arrival of the first SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship this weekend. The uncrewed SpaceX DM-1, or Demonstration Mission-1, will launch Saturday at 2:49 a.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Crew Dragon will arrive at the station on Sunday and dock around 6 a.m. to the International Docking Adapter (IDA) on the Harmony module.

Astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques will monitor the Crew Dragon’s approach and rendezvous on Sunday. The vehicle is targeting a 6 a.m. EST docking to the IDA where the hatches will swing open about two-and-a-half hours later. It will undock on March 8 and return to Earth with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean ending its mission.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/02/26/next-crew-arrives-at-launch-site-as-station-preps-for...

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #22 on: 03/05/2019 09:33 am »
This looks like the JAXA plan for Expedition 59/60.
http://iss.jaxa.jp/kiboexp/plan/inc5960/
From the external work:
Additionally to the already known deployment of the three Birds 3 satellites and SpooQy-1 there will be two further deployments (J-SSOD#12 and J-SSOD-R#1).
And the next payload on the EFU-Adapter will be SOLISS.
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2799.html


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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #23 on: 03/06/2019 08:48 pm »
NASA astronauts to team up for first all-female spacewalk 

The ISS is set to host a history-making spacewalk in late March, International Women's Month.

BY  AMANDA KOOSER MARCH 6, 2019 9:52 AM PST

https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-astronauts-to-team-up-for-first-all-female-spacewalk/?utm_source=reddit.com

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #24 on: 03/09/2019 04:09 am »
I must be missing something. Do we have a mystery about the next crew launching in a few days, Ovchinin, Hague, and Koch? At the preflight presser at JSC last month, Koch wasn’t permitted to take part in the media one-on-ones since she was such a late addition to the crew she hadn’t been through the PAO-required ‘charm school’ about what to say and not say to media questions. But she isn’t the issue.

It’s just been confirmed in Moscow that the fee-paying Emirates guest-cosmonaut will fly up in September with the replacement crew for this about-to-be-launched crew, and then will return to Earth a week later with this crew, MINUS one of them. But who?

It’s probably not Ovchinin, since if he stayed there would be three Russians abord ISS and Russia doesn’t have enough useful duties for more than two long-duration cosmonauts until the long-awaited ‘Nauka’ science module is launched late next year at the earliest [if ever] – and then Hague would have had to play the role of first-ever non-Russian Soyuz commander, for which he’s not been trained as far as we know.

For Koch on her first flight and rushed final preparations, extending from the planned six months to twelve seems “a bridge too far”. 

By elimination, is it Hague [who should have gotten his USAF ‘astronaut wings’ for his aborted flight but based on recent photos of him in uniform, didn’t] will on HIS first space mission be staying longer, at least nine months, maybe twelve? 

Is there some OTHER solution to this overbooked Soyuz landing in October?

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #25 on: 03/09/2019 06:03 am »
By elimination, is it Hague [who should have gotten his USAF ‘astronaut wings’ for his aborted flight but based on recent photos of him in uniform, didn’t] will on HIS first space mission be staying longer, at least nine months, maybe twelve? 

I don't know how much of a reliable piece of information this is, but in a recent interview with space.com where Hague was talking about his upcoming mission, he said something about how his mission is going to be 204 days, that means he would be both launching and landing on Soyuz MS-12.

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #26 on: 03/09/2019 06:09 am »
Koch is not a late addition to the crew, she was going to launch on this flight with Oleg Skripochka and the UAE astronaut.  After MS-10 Ovchinin replaced Skripochka and Hague took the UAE slot. 

I believe the current proposal is for Ovchinin & Koch to launch & land on MS-12.  Hague would launch on 12, and land on 13.  Andrew Morgan would launch on 13 and land on 15 (MS-14 being an uncrewed test).  The UAE astronaut would launch on 15 and land on 13.  None of that, however, has been officially confirmed to my knowledge.

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #27 on: 03/09/2019 07:21 am »
– and then Hague would have had to play the role of first-ever non-Russian Soyuz commander, for which he’s not been trained as far as we know.

Yes it is possible, if true, almost all astronauts are trained to land a Soyuz... I know all ESA astronauts have Soyuz landing certification.. So I would assume Hague will have this also, if not he has until February to train for it... And he has already had a Soyuz landing.... plus A Soyuz landing is almost automatic all the way down, there is not much a crew does during decent.

I can confirm that Hague is certified for landing a Soyuz.

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #28 on: 03/09/2019 07:31 am »
I must be missing something. Do we have a mystery about the next crew launching in a few days, Ovchinin, Hague, and Koch?

It’s just been confirmed in Moscow that the fee-paying Emirates guest-cosmonaut will fly up in September with the replacement crew for this about-to-be-launched crew, and then will return to Earth a week later with this crew, MINUS one of them. But who?

AFAIK, we have only this information.
https://sputniknews.com/science/201902121072328776-usa-russia-iss-soyuz-missions-extension/
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“The following scheme is planned for now: two NASA astronauts will remain on the ISS for nine months instead of the usual six. So, Nick Hague starts his mission on March 14 [2019] on the Soyuz MS-12 and returns to Earth on 18 December on the Soyuz MS-13, while Andrew Morgan will travel to the orbital station on Soyuz MS-13 on 6 July and will return on Soyuz MS-15 in April 2020", the source said.

No word from NASA or Roscosmos.


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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #29 on: 03/10/2019 04:03 pm »
The post above was my knowledge from yesterday, today it looks like this way.

https://www.americaspace.com/2019/03/08/on-international-womens-day-nasa-looks-forward-to-first-all-female-eva-in-late-march-koch-tapped-for-longer-iss-stay/

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Much speculation has abounded in recent months about the return schedule for various U.S. and Russian crew members, later this year, particularly in light of the fact that the first United Arab Emirates (UAE) spacefarer is expected to fly a short-duration mission of around ten days aboard Soyuz MS-15 in September. To free up a seat aboard Soyuz MS-12 for his return to Earth, it has been suggested that a Soyuz MS-12 crew member may enjoy a longer than nominal stay aboard the ISS. In comments provided to AmericaSpace, NASA’s Rob Navias explained definitively that “Hague returns to Earth in October”.

Launching alongside the UAE spaceflight participant are expected to be Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka—who will rejoin his one-time crewmate Christina Koch—and former NASA Chief Astronaut Chris Cassidy, who will remain aboard the space station until late spring 2020. According to Mr. Navias, “we expect Koch to remain on-board ISS” beyond October, with Ovchinin and Hague joining the UAE astronaut aboard Soyuz MS-12 for the return to Earth on 3 October. Asked if Koch would return on Soyuz MS-13 in December, or remain aboard even longer, returning on Soyuz MS-15 in April 2020, Mr. Navias advised that “the Flight Program is under review”. In either case, a landing in December 2019 or later will provide Koch with a minimum-duration mission of nine months aboard the ISS, the second-longest duration ever achieved by a female spacefarer on a single mission, after Peggy Whitson.

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #30 on: 03/10/2019 07:29 pm »
I've never seen so much "uncertainty" regarding flight duration of a crew member so close to launch.

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #31 on: 03/10/2019 07:33 pm »
Something similar happened for Peggy Whitson. She was not informed of the extension of her flight until she was already on the ISS but the thought and plan to do that was there months before her flight began so she kind of expected that to happen. Same situation here I guess.

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #32 on: 03/14/2019 06:26 pm »
Expedition 59 Prepares to Launch to Station

Norah Moran Posted on March 14, 2019

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, teams are making final preparations for the launch of NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, to the International Space Station. Their journey to the station will begin with a lift off at 3:14 p.m. EDT (12:14 a.m. March 15 Kazakhstan time). Live launch coverage will begin at 2 p.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts. This launch will also mark the fourth Expedition crew with two female astronauts. The three will join station commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency. The new crew members will dock to the Rassvet module at 9:07 p.m. Expedition 59 will begin officially at the time of docking.

Hague and Ovchinin are completing a journey that was cut short Oct. 11, when a booster separation problem with their Soyuz rocket’s first stage triggered a launch abort two minutes into the flight. They landed safely a few minutes later, after reaching the fringes of space, and were reassigned to fly again after McClain, Kononenko and Saint-Jacques launched in early December. This will be Ovchinin’s third flight into space, the second for Hague and the first for Koch. Hague, Koch, and McClain are from NASA’s 2013 astronaut class, half of which were women—the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected for a class.

Below is the crew’s launch timeline in EDT:

Thursday, March 14

EDT              L-Hr/M/Sec    Event

6:14:09am    9:00                 Crew wakeup at Cosmonaut Hotel
9:14:09am    6:00                 Crew departs Cosmonaut Hotel
9:29:09am    5:45                 Batteries installed in booster
9:59:09am    5:15                  Crew arrives at Site 254
10:14:09am   5:00                 Tanking begins
10:44:09am  4:30                 Crew suit up
11:09:09am   4:05                 Booster loaded with liquid Oxygen
11:44:09am   3:30                 Crew meets family members on other side of the glass
12:09:09pm  3:05                First and second stage oxygen fueling complete
12:14:09pm   3:00                Crew walkout from 254 and boards bus for the launch pad
12:19:09pm   2:55                Crew departs for launch pad (Site 1)
12:39:09pm   2:35                Crew arrives at launch pad (Site 1)
12:49:09pm   2:25               Crew boards Soyuz; strapped in to the Descent module
1:39:09pm      1:35                Descent module hardware tested
1:54:09pm      1:20                Hatch closed; leak checks begin
2:00:00pm      1:14:09           NASA TV LAUNCH COVERAGE BEGINS
2:14:09pm      1:00                Launch vehicle control system prep; gyro activation
2:15:00pm        :59:09             NASA TV: Crew pre-launch activities B-roll played)
2:29:09pm     :45:00            Pad service structure components lowered
2:30:09pm     :44:00            Clamshell gantry service towers retracted
2:37:09pm     :37:00             Suit leak checks begin; descent module testing complete
2:40:09pm     :34:00            Emergency escape system armed
2:59:09pm     :15:00             Suit leak checks complete; escape system to auto
3:04:09pm     :10:00             Gyros in flight readiness and recorders activated
3:07:09pm     :07:00             Pre-launch operations complete
3:08:09pm     :06:00            Launch countdown operations to auto; vehicle ready
3:09:09pm     :05:00            Commander’s controls activated
3:09:56pm       :04:13              ISS flies directly over the Baikonur Cosmodrome
3:10:09pm      :04:00            Combustion chamber nitrogen purge
3:11:09pm       :03:00            Propellant drainback
3:11:26pm       :02:43            Booster propellant tank pressurization
3:12:39pm      :01:30             Ground propellant feed terminated
3:13:09pm       01:00             Vehicle to internal power
3:13:34pm      :00:35             First umbilical tower separates
Auto sequence start

3:13:39pm     :00:30            Ground umbilical to third stage disconnected
3:13:54pm     :00:15             Second umbilical tower separates
3:13:57pm     :00:12             Launch command issued
Engine Start Sequence Begins

3:13:59pm      :00:10            Engine turbo pumps at flight speed
3:14:04pm     :00:05            Engines at maximum thrust
3:14:09pm       :00:00            LAUNCH OF SOYUZ MS-12 TO THE ISS
3:22:54pm     +8:45               Third stage shutdown; Soyuz orbital insertion
For launch coverage and more information about the mission, visit: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/. Get space station news, images and features via social media on Instagram at: @iss, ISS on Facebook, and on Twitter @Space_Station and @ISS_Research.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/03/14/expedition-59-prepares-to-launch-to-station/

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« Reply #33 on: 03/14/2019 06:40 pm »
Crew Safely in Orbit After Successful Launch

Norah Moran Posted on March 14, 2019

The Soyuz MS-12 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 3:14 p.m. EDT (12:14 a.m. March 15 Kazakhstan time) and has safely reached orbit.  At the time of launch, the station was flying about 250 miles over southern Russia, across the northeast border with Kazakhstan; more than 1,100 statute miles ahead of the Soyuz as it leaves the launch pad.

NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmoshave begun their six-hour trip to the orbital laboratory where they will live and work for more than six months. The new crew members will dock to the Rassvet module at 9:07 p.m. Expedition 59 will begin officially at the time of docking.

About two hours later, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open and the new residents will be greeted by NASA astronaut Anne McClain, station commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency. The current three-person crew just welcomed the first American commercial crew vehicle as it docked to the station on March 3, amidst a busy schedule of scientific research and operations since arriving in December.

Coverage of the Soyuz docking to the International Space Station will begin on NASA TV’s media channel and the agency’s website beginning at 8:45 p.m. with the spacecraft docking expected at 9:07 p.m.

Coverage of the hatch opening between the Soyuz and the space station will begin at 10:30 p.m.

For continued coverage and more information about the mission, visit: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/. Get space station news, images and features via social media on Instagram at: @iss, ISS on Facebook, and on Twitter @Space_Station and @ISS_Research.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/03/14/crew-safely-in-orbit-after-successful-launch/

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Re: Expedition 59 Thread
« Reply #34 on: 03/15/2019 12:35 am »
ISS config. after Soyuz MS-12 docking.

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« Reply #35 on: 03/15/2019 02:40 am »
Expedition 59 Welcomes Three New Crew Members

Norah Moran Posted on March 14, 2019

NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos joined NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Expedition 59 commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency aboard the International Space Station when the hatches between the Soyuz spacecraft and the orbiting laboratory officially opened at 11:07 p.m. EDT.

The trio’s arrival returns the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts. McClain, Saint-Jacques and Kononenko are scheduled to remain aboard the station until June, while Hague, Koch and Ovchinin are set to return to Earth early this fall.

McClain, Saint-Jacques, Hague and Koch also are all scheduled for the first spacewalks of their careers to continue upgrades to the orbital laboratory. McClain and Hague are scheduled to begin work to upgrade the power system March 22, and McClain and Koch will complete the upgrades to two station power channels during a March 29 spacewalk. This will be the first-ever spacewalk with all-female spacewalkers. Hague and Saint-Jacques will install hardware for a future science platform during an April 8 spacewalk.

Three resupply spacecraft – a Russian Progress, Northrop Grumman Cygnus and SpaceX Dragon – are scheduled to arrive with additional supplies for the crew and various science investigations. The crew also is scheduled to be onboard during test flights of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will return human spaceflight launches for space station missions to U.S. soil.

For more than 18 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space, including the Moon and Mars. A global endeavor, 236 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 2,500 investigations from researchers in 106 countries. Investigations conducted on the International Space Station impact the daily lives of people on Earth and prepare the way for humans to venture farther into space.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/03/14/expedition-59-welcomes-three-new-crew-members/

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« Reply #36 on: 03/16/2019 07:56 am »
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