mardi 25 août 2015

Crew Begins Unloading Japanese Cargo Ship










ISS - Expedition 44 Mission patch.

August 25, 2015

The crew opened the hatches today to Japan’s fifth “Kounotori” resupply ship (HTV-5) and began unloading new supplies and science gear. The station residents also studied human research and reviewed changes to emergency procedures.


Image above: Astronaut Kimiya Yui seemingly juggles fresh fruit upside down after opening the hatches and entering Japan’s fifth “Kounotori” resupply ship. Image Credit: NASA TV.

The HTV-5 arrived Monday morning carrying cargo and science for the crew and external experiments to be attached to the Kibo laboratory module. The external research gear includes the CALET dark matter study, the NanoRacks External Platform and a flock of 14 CubeSats.

One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are 151 days into their mission. The duo participated in research today looking at the long-term effects of microgravity on the human body. They collected blood and urine samples for the Fluid Shifts study which observes physical changes to an astronaut’s eyes during a space mission.

Related links:

CALET dark matter study: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1074.html

NanoRacks External Platform: http://nanoracks.com/products/external-platform/

Fluid Shifts study: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1257.html

CubeSats: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/flock_1/

For more information on the International Space Station and its crews, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

Image (mentioned), Text, Credit: NASA.

Greetings, Orbiter.ch

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