jeudi 16 avril 2015

Crew Gets Ready for New Dragon and New Science












ISS - Expedition 43 Mission patch.

April 16, 2015

The SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is less than a day away from arriving at the International Space Station. The Expedition 43 crew is getting ready for its arrival and five-week stay at the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.

Read more about the SpaceX CRS-6 mission: http://orbiterchspacenews.blogspot.ch/2015/04/research-for-one-year-space-station.html

Commander Terry Virts set up hardware inside Harmony to assist Dragon’s installation after its capture tomorrow. Virts and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti also brushed up on robotics skills necessary to capture Dragon with the Canadarm2.


Image above: Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti operates the Canadarm2 from inside the cupola. Image Credit: NASA.

NASA TV will begin rendezvous coverage Friday at 5 a.m. EDT. Dragon is scheduled to be grappled about 7 a.m. by Cristoforetti inside the cupola at the controls of Canadarm2 with Virts assisting.

NASA TV coverage: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Though it was a light day, the rest of the crew worked on human research and advanced microgravity experiments. Dragon is also delivering new science gear to support hundreds of experiments aboard the orbital laboratory.

Read more about research on the space station: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html

For more information about the International Space Station (ISS), visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

Image (mentioned), Text, Credit: NASA.

Cheers, Orbiter.ch

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