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Area Science Selecting Up Earlier than Trio Departs ISS for Earth

Cosmonaut Ivan Vagner Transfers Biological Samples

Roscosmos cosmonaut and Expedition 63 Flight Engineer Ivan Vagner transfers organic samples right into a science freezer for stowage and later evaluation aboard the Worldwide Area Station. Credit score: NASA Johnson

Science is doubling up on the Worldwide Area Station with the addition of three new area residents. Nevertheless, they’ll cut up up on October 21 earlier than 4 extra astronauts launch to hitch the Expedition 64 crew in November.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, on her second station mission, is entering into her function as area scientist at present whereas getting on top of things with life on orbit. She wore digital actuality goggles to discover how her sense of notion is adapting to microgravity. Rubins later serviced a biology analysis machine that may produce as much as 2g of synthetic gravity.

Rubins’ fellow crewmates Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will keep along with her in area till April. Ryzhikov, on his second keep aboard the orbiting lab, unpacked cargo from the brand new Soyuz MS-17 crew ship at present. First-time space-flyer Kud-Sverchkov checked out Russian science hardware.

Station Commander Chris Cassidy is nearing the tip of his keep onboard the station with crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. The trio have been packing cargo and private gadgets contained in the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft that may parachute the crew again to Earth on October 21. Cassidy will hand over command of the station to Ryzhikov on October 20.

All six station residents bought collectively in the midst of the day and reviewed their emergency roles and obligations.

In the meantime, 4 astronauts are planning to launch to the station aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon automobile. The corporate’s first operational crew mission is focused to launch no ahead of early-to-mid November. Commander Mike Hopkins of NASA will lead Pilot Victor Glover and Mission Specialists Shannon Walker and Soichi Noguchi and keep in area till the Spring.

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