mardi 22 août 2017

Cosmic Ray Study Prepped for Installation After Monday Eclipse










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.

Related links:

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.

Greetings, Orbiter.ch

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