ISS - Expedition 52 Mission patch.
August 22, 2017
International Space Station (ISS) Flying Over the Earth. Animation Credit: NASA
Overnight, robotics controllers extracted a new astrophysics experiment from the trunk of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft. The Canadarm2 will hand off the new astronomy gear to the Japanese robotic arm which will then install it outside the Kibo laboratory module.
Dubbed CREAM, short for Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass Investigation, it will observe a variety of cosmic rays and measure their charges. The experiment is an extension of what started as high-altitude, long-duration balloon flights over Antarctica. The orbital data is expected to be several orders of magnitude greater than that collected in Earth’s atmosphere.
Image above: The solar eclipse was photographed by Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin aboard the International Space Station on Monday Aug. 21. Image Credit: NASA.
The six Expedition 52 crew members had a once-in-a-lifetime experience Monday as they witnessed the solar eclipse from space. The orbiting crewmates employed a multitude of cameras to photograph the eclipse. They captured stunning views of the moon’s shadow against the Earth with a high definition camcorder as the eclipse darkened a coast-to-coast swath of the United States.
SpaceX Dragon: https://www.nasa.gov/spacex
Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass Investigation: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1114.html
Expedition 52: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition52/index.html
Solar eclipse: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/albums/72157685468419703
Space Station Research and Technology: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html
International Space Station (ISS): https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
Images (mentioned), Animation (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia.