Astronaut Alexander Gerst (@astro_alex_esa) will command the Canadarm2 to release the Cygnus cargo craft Sunday at 8:35 a.m. EDT. Live @NASA TV coverage begins at 8:15 a.m. We'll also answer #AskNASA questions. https://www.nasa.gov/live
NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/live) is televising live the release of the Cygnus space freighter starting at 8:15 a.m. EDT Sunday with @astro_alex_esa at the controls of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. We'll also answer your #AskNASA questions on the air.
Expedition 56-57 crewmates (from left) Serena Auñón-Chancellor of NASA; Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency); and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos pose for a portrait aboard the International Space Station.
The Northrop Grumman (formerly Orbital ATK) Cygnus resupply ship tested its ability to boost the International Space Station’s altitude today. Cygnus’ engine fired for 50 seconds Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. EDT to reboost the station by about 295 feet in a test designed to verify an additional capability to adjust the orbital lab’s altitude. Cygnus is departing the station on Sunday after delivering several tons of supplies and science experiments back in May for the six crew members on board. Cygnus, pictured here on May 24, 2018, with its round, brass-colored UltraFlex solar arrays is guided to its port on the Unity module shortly after it was captured with the Canadarm2 robotic arm.
We have selected six new flight directors to carry out human spaceflight missions from our Mission Control Center including International Space Station (@iss) missions, new American-made commercial spacecraft missions, and future Orion missions to the Moon and beyond.
They will join an elite group of less than 100 flight directors in the history of human spaceflight.
NASA TV (link in profile) is televising live the launch of a Russian resupply ship with nearly three tons of cargo to the station at 5:30 p.m. EDT today. Pictured here a Russian Progress resupply ship blasts off in June 2011 on a delivery mission to the space station. #nasa#roscosmos#international#space#station#progress#rocket#launch
By orbiting the Earth almost 16 times per day, the #ISS crew travel the distance to the Moon and back – every day. --- Dadurch, dass wir die Erde fast 16 Mal am Tag umrunden, reisen wir mit der ISS so weit wie von der Erde zum Mond, und zurück - jeden Tag.
A star-lit sky and Earth's atmospheric glow are the backdrop as the Canadarm2 robotic arm, with its Dextre robotic hand attached, is poised to begin extracting cargo from the rear of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, or it's trunk.
Happy 4th of July from space!
For more than 17 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space.