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Washington, Mar 29 (Canadian-Media): National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch have begun the second spacewalk to complete the installation of new batteries to upgrade the International Space Station’s power capability, NASA reports said.
This is the 215th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance.
Hague is extravehicular crew member 1 (EV 1), wearing the suit with red stripes and helmet camera #20. Koch is extravehicular crew member 2 (EV 2), wearing the suit without stripes and helmet camera #18.
Hague and Koch from the Expedition 59 crew switched their spacesuits to battery power at 7:42 a.m. EDT to begin the estimated six-and-a-half hour spacewalk.
59th Expedition is the 59th expedition to the International Space Station, started on 14 March 2019 with the arrival of the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft carrying Aleksey Ovchinin, Nick Hague and Christina Koch.
Aleksey Ovchinin/Twitter handle Nick Hague/Twitter handle Christina Koch/Twitter handle
This is the second battery replacement spacewalk in the past week. The batteries store power generated by the station’s solar arrays to provide power to the microgravity laboratory when the station is not in sunlight as it circles Earth during orbital night.
One of those new lithium ion batteries has not been successfully holding a charge, so as part of today’s spacewalk, Hague will begin preparations for robotic operators to replace the new battery that is not working with the two old batteries, ensuring optimal power supply at the space station.
Meanwhile, Koch will prepare the worksite for the delivery of the next six new lithium ion batteries that will arrive to the station aboard a Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle later this year to upgrade a third set of the solar arrays.
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Washington, Mar 28 (Canadian-Media): A Russian Progress cargo ship is scheduled to launch on a three-hour flight to the International Space Station Thursday, April 4, media reports said.
Live coverage of the spacecraft’s launch and arrival will begin at 6:45 a.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
e Progress 72 spacecraft, loaded with three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the residents of the orbiting laboratory, is scheduled to launch at 7:01 a.m. (4:01 p.m. Baikonur time) on a Soyuz booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Baikonur Cosmodrome is a spaceport located in an area of southern Kazakhstan leased to Russia.
Kazakhstan is officially a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage and shares borders with Russia.
The Progress will orbit Earth twice then rendezvous with the station, where it will dock to the Pirs docking compartment on the Russian segment of the complex. The spacecraft will remain at the orbital outpost until late July.
Live coverage of its arrival and docking will begin at 9:45 a.m., with docking scheduled for 10:25 a.m.
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Moscow, Mar 15 (Canadian-Media) Successful taking off Russia's Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft carrying three astronauts for the International Space Station (ISS) and entered the planned orbit Thursday, NASA reports said.
Russia's Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft carrying three astronauts
At 22:23 Moscow time (1923 GMT), the spacecraft detached from the third launch vehicle stage and continued its autonomous flight to the ISS guided by specialists from the Russian Mission Control Center.
Soyuz MS-12, carrying Roscosmos astronaut Alexei Ovchinin, and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, will automatically approach the ISS and dock to it at 04:07 Moscow time (0107 GMT) Friday.
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Toronto, Mar 15 (Canadian-Media): An announcement would be made in a media conference hosted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at 1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 19, regarding the return mission of an asteroid sample -- from the agency’s first mission -- that may contain unaltered material from the very beginning of our solar system, media reports said.
Established in 1958, NASA is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research
The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft launched Sept. 8, 2016, and began orbiting the asteroid Bennu on Dec. 31, 2018.
OSIRIS-REx. Image credit: NASA
Since its arrival at Bennu, the probe has been investigating the asteroid and searching for an ideal site for sample collection.
Bennu, only slightly wider than the height of the Empire State Building, an American cultural icon in New York, and is the smallest body ever orbited by spacecraft.
As planned, the spacecraft will reach Bennu in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.
Studying Bennu with OSIRIS-REx will allow researchers to learn more about the origins of our solar system, the sources of water and organic molecules on Earth, and the hazards and resources in near-Earth space.
The teleconference participants would be: Lori Glaze, acting director, NASA’s Planetary Science Division, Washington; Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator, University of Arizona, Tucson; Coralie Adam, OSIRIS-REx flight navigator, KinetX, Inc. Space Navigation and Flight Dynamics, Simi Valley, California; Rich Burns, OSIRIS-REx project manager, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.