mardi 7 février 2017

Station Prepped for Science Gear from Japan and SpaceX











ISS - Expedition 50 Mission patch.

February 7, 2017

A new high-definition Earth observation video camera will be installed on the outside of Japan’s Kibo lab module later this week. The Expedition 50 crew is also getting the International Space Station ready for the next SpaceX Dragon resupply ship.

An HDTV camera delivered aboard Japan’s HTV-6 cargo craft in December is being readied for its deployment outside Kibo. The video camera will be staged inside the Kibo airlock today before depressurization and leak checks begin. The HDTV camera will then be robotically installed on a platform outside Kibo called the Exposed Facility where it will be used for Earth observations.


Image above: The space station’s solar arrays and the Earth’s limb were pictured Feb. 2, 2017,as the Expedition 50 crew orbited over the southern Pacific Ocean. Image Credit: Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.

The astronauts are also getting communications gear ready to assist with the rendezvous and approach of the tenth SpaceX Dragon commercial resupply mission. Dragon is planned to launch later this month from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA is hosting a media teleconference Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST highlighting new experiments being delivered aboard Dragon. The advanced space research will include studies to fight a wide range of diseases, observe Earth’s climate and test autonomous rendezvous capabilities.

Related links:

SpaceX Dragon: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/launch/spacex.html

Japan’s HTV-6 cargo craft: http://go.nasa.gov/2gt6yn6

Exposed Facility: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/jem.html

Autonomous rendezvous capabilities: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1995.html

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

Image (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA/Mark Garcia.

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