A pair of veteran Russian spacewalkers will exit the International Space Station Tuesday around 11 a.m. EST for six hours of inspection work on a Soyuz crew vessel. Oleg Kononenko (first pic from February 2012) and Sergey Prokopyev (second pic from August 2018) will examine the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that will return three Expedition 57 crew members to Earth Dec. 19.
The SpaceX Dragon is chasing the International Space Station today to be gracefully captured by a robotic arm early Saturday. Here, Dragon is pictured in July of 2018 approaching the orbital lab as both spacecraft were orbiting over the Greek island of Crete.
See that small space station? It's a badge of honor on the @SpaceX Dragon capsule, launching today! The silhouette denotes that this same capsule has previously visited the station -- specifically, in support of the company's 10th commercial resupply mission in February 2017. #spacex#NASA#launch#spacestation
Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency) peers out the International Space Station's "window to the world," the seven-windowed cupola. Just outside the cupola are two spacecraft including the Soyuz MS-09 crew craft and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus cargo craft with one of its cymbal-shaped UltraFlex solar arrays featuring prominently in the frame.
NASA Astronaut Nick Hague (@AstroHague) and Roscosmos Cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, who were forced to abort their recent space station mission, are scheduled to launch again on Feb. 28, 2019 with NASA Astronaut Christina Hammock Koch (@Astro_Christina). Comment with your questions for @AstroHague and he'll answer a few on Friday.
During their mission, the station crew will take part in about 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth to advance scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences. Science conducted on the space station continues to yield benefits for humanity and will enable future long-duration human and robotic exploration on missions to the Moon and Mars. The crew also is scheduled to be onboard during the first test flights of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which will return human spaceflight launches to U.S. soil.
This will be Koch’s first spaceflight. Hague and Ovchinin were scheduled to join the station’s Expedition 57 crew on Oct. 11, but were forced to abort their mission when their Soyuz’s rocket booster experienced a malfunction shortly after launch. Flight dynamics specialists determined Hague and Ovchinin achieved enough altitude on their aborted climb to orbit to qualify for previous spaceflight status, making this Hague’s second spaceflight and Ovchinin’s third.
Three Expedition 58 crew members have reached space after launching at 6:31 a.m. EST today aboard the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques are now headed to the International Space Station for a 12:36 p.m. docking today.
Three Expedition 58 crew members are less than one day from launch to the International Space Station. (From left) Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko and David Saint-Jacques will blast off Monday at 6:31 a.m. EST for a six-hour, five-minute ride to their new home in space. NASA TV will cover all the activities live beginning at 5:30 a.m. https://www.nasa.gov/live
The rocket that will launch three people to the station Monday at 6:31 a.m. EST stands at its launch pad in Kazakhstan. Watch NASA TV starting at 5:30 a.m. for live coverage and for answers to your #AskNASA questions. https://www.nasa.gov/live