4 Expedition 68 crew members are off-duty right now following final week’s spacewalk to improve the Worldwide House Station’s energy technology system. The remainder of the crew is preparing for a cargo mission as a result of arrive this week whereas persevering with its ongoing cardiac analysis.
4 astronauts are stress-free right now after a profitable spacewalk on Thursday and all of the preparations main as much as it. Flight Engineers Nicole Mann of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) spent six hours and 41 minutes within the vacuum of house through the Feb. 2 tour. The duo accomplished the set up of a modification package on the station’s starboard truss construction readying the orbital outpost for its subsequent roll-out photo voltaic array.
The spacewalkers had been assisted within the days main as much as final week’s spacewalk by NASA Flight Engineers Frank Rubio and Josh Cassada. The 2 spacewalking assistants helped Mann and Wakata out and in of their Extravehicular Mobility Items (EMUs), or spacesuits, reviewed the mod package set up procedures with them, and monitored the spacewalking job from contained in the station.
The quartet will get again to work on Tuesday resuming their ongoing house analysis to advance scientific information and exhibit new applied sciences. The 4 astronauts will work all through the week exploring human analysis subjects similar to how microgravity impacts blood stress within the mind and the cardiorespiratory system. They will even take a look at house agricultural methods and examine the habits of fuels in microgravity.
A cargo swap is deliberate for this week when the trash-filled ISS Progress 81 (81P) resupply ship undocks from the Zvezda service module’s rear port on Monday evening. Subsequent, the ISS Progress 83 (83P) cargo craft will launch at 1:15 a.m. EST on Wednesday then dock robotically at 3:47 a.m. on Friday to the Zvezda port vacated by the 81P.
Roscosmos Commander Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin ready on Monday for the weekend arrival of the 83P. The cosmonaut duo practiced on a pc for the unlikely occasion they would wish to make use of the telerobotically operated rendezvous unit, or TORU, and manually information the resupply ship to a docking.
Flight Engineer Anna Kikina connected sensors to herself on Monday morning for a 24-hour cardiac monitoring session with out interfering along with her regular work schedule. The electrodes not solely recorded her coronary heart’s electrical exercise but in addition her blood stress. Kikina then spent the remainder of Monday on air flow and communication upkeep duties.
Study extra about station actions by following the house station weblog, @space_station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, in addition to the ISS Fb and ISS Instagram accounts.
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