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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 December 2016

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Kounotori HTV-6 cargo craft.

Japan is preparing to launch its sixth cargo mission to the International Space Station Friday morning. The Expedition 50 crew is training for the cargo ship's arrival while studying how living in space affects the human body and maintaining station systems.


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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 December 2016.

The Expedition 50 crew worked on a series of life science experiments and maintenance operations today. A pair of astronauts also trained for the arrival of Japan's HTV-6 resupply ship next week.

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 5 December 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 5 December 2016 Video in Story

The Expedition 50 crew is getting ready for next week's arrival and capture of Japan's sixth resupply ship, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6). The six station residents also worked on a pair of spacesuits and conducted a variety of human research experiments.


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 2 December 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 2 December 2016 Video in Story

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is getting the last cargo mission of 2016 ready for launch next week. It's sixth H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-6) nick-named "Kounotori" has been in processing for months and will lift off Dec. 9 from Tanegashima, Japan for a three-day trip to the station.


NASA ISS Space to Ground Weekly Report - 1 December 2016

NASA ISS Space to Ground Weekly Report - 1 December 2016 Video in Story

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 December 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 December 2016 Video in Story

Launch of the ISS Progress 65 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan occurred at 9:51 a.m. EST (8:51 p.m. Baikonur time). An anomaly occurred sometime during the third stage operation.


Progress 65 Resupply Mission Fails

Progress 65 Resupply Mission Fails Video in Story

A launch that seemingly was going perfect, quickly became a concern to Russian mission controllers when the third stage of the Soyuz rocket apparently shut down early leading to the spacecraft reentering the atmosphere and burning up, though reports indicate some wreckage on the ground.


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 November 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 November 2016 Video in Story

Today: Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) Operations: Yesterday, Ground Controllers used the SPDM to remove the RELL from the JEMAL Slide Table. A checkout was performed by pointing RELL towards deep space in order to scan a clean environment as a baseline.


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 29 November 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 29 November 2016 Video in Story

The Expedition 50 crew is getting ready to receive a shipment of space supplies Saturday after Russia launches the Progress 65 cargo craft Thursday morning. The final space delivery of the year will be Dec. 13 when the Kounotori HTV-6 resupply ship arrives four days after its launch from Tanegashima, Japan.


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 November 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 November 2016

Today: Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization High Temperature Insert-Reflight (DECLIC-HTI-R) Installation - Today the crew installed and connected the Electronics Locker and Experiment locker cables for the DECLIC facility, before installing the HTI-R experiment insert.


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 November 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 November 2016

Today: FLame EXtinguishment (FLEX)-2 Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Exchange: This morning, the crew was scheduled to perform a Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) MDCA replacement in preparation for the FLEX-2 experiment.


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 November 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 November 2016

Today: Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Centrifuge Remove and Replace (R&R): The crew was scheduled to remove the 1G centrifuge from the CBEF and install a new centrifuge.


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 November 2016

NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 November 2016 Video in Story

Six International Space Station crew members are heading in to the Thanksgiving holiday with human research activities and orbital lab maintenance.


Vita: ESA Announces Name and Logo for next Space Station Mission

Vita: ESA Announces Name and Logo for next Space Station Mission

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be launched to the International Space Station next year for his third spaceflight. The name and logo for his mission were announced today.


NASA ISS Space to Ground Weekly Report - 23 November 2016

NASA ISS Space to Ground Weekly Report - 23 November 2016 Video in Story

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.


This Week at NASA: New Station Crew Arrives, Next-Generation Weather Satellite Launched and More

This Week at NASA: New Station Crew Arrives, Next-Generation Weather Satellite Launched and More Video in Story

On Nov. 19 Eastern time, two days after launching aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Expedition 50-51 crew, including NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson arrived safely at the International Space Station.


A Thanksgiving Meal In Space

A Thanksgiving Meal In Space

NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Expedition 38 flight engineer, poses for a photo with his Thanksgiving meal in the Unity node of the International Space Station in 2013.



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