Dragon Resupply Ship House Station Departure Delayed As Cosmonauts Cleanup After Spacewalk

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Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov Spacewalk

Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov (backside left to proper) work outdoors the Nauka and Prichal modules throughout a seven-hour, 11-minute spacewalk. Credit score: NASA

A U.S. resupply ship will wait a minimum of one further day to undock from the Worldwide House Station whereas being full of crucial analysis samples for return to Earth. In the meantime, two Expedition 66 cosmonauts are cleansing up following a spacewalk to activate a Russian docking module.

A forecast of inclement climate has precipitated a postponement of the departure of the SpaceX Cargo Dragon from the Concord module‘s space-facing port from Friday to Saturday. Undocking is now focused for Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10:40 a.m. EST. NASA TV protection, on the NASA app and the company’s web site, will start Saturday at 10:15 a.m.

The subsequent climate briefing by SpaceX is deliberate for 12 p.m. Friday. If undocking happens on Saturday, splashdown can be scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 23 round 4 p.m. The ultimate splashdown web site shall be chosen nearer to deorbit and splashdown time.

In the meantime, NASA Flight Engineers Kayla Barron and Thomas Marshburn spent Thursday morning loading biology samples contained in the Cargo Dragon for return and evaluation on Earth. Barron additionally joined ESA (European House Company) astronaut Matthias Maurer transferring science freezers full of extra analysis samples into the U.S. resupply ship.

Life science moved proper alongside all through Thursday as Maurer and NASA Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei continued learning how a long-term house mission impacts an astronaut’s visible operate. NASA astronaut Raja Chari collected his blood and urine samples for stowage in a science freezer and later evaluation. Chari later labored on the Meals Physiology human analysis examine that’s exploring how weight-reduction plan and diet have an effect on a crew member’s well being in house.

Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov referred to as right down to Russian mission controllers within the morning for a post-spacewalk convention. The duo activated the brand new Prichal docking module efficiently integrating it with the orbiting lab’s Russian phase throughout Thursday’s seven-hour and 11-minute spacewalk. Vande Hei, who assisted the spacewalkers on Thursday, additionally joined the pair on Friday serving to take away U.S. lights and cameras put in on the Orlan spacesuits.

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