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International Space Station: January 2017



Scientists are researching how International Space Station astronauts adapt to new technology as NASA prepares to send humans beyond low-Earth orbit. Crew members will have to learn how to operate new types of spacecraft and adjust to planetary surfaces with different microgravity environments.


Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) and Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA commanded the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to release a Japanese cargo vehicle at 10:46 a.m. EST.


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


The Expedition 50 crew is getting ready for Friday morning's release of Japan's sixth cargo craft to visit the International Space Station. The station residents are also continuing to explore how their eyes adapt to living in space for months at a time.


Today: Fluid Shifts Chibis Imaging Day 2: The Flight Day 45 Chibis session for the 49S crew was planned this morning, however due to Joint Station LAN (JSL) network issues the session had to be cancelled. This Fluid Shifts session will be replanned for tomorrow.


The Expedition 50 crew members explored a variety of space phenomena today to help researchers improve life for humans and stimulate children's curiosity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Mission controllers are preparing to release Japan's Kounotori cargo ship from the International Space Station at the end of the week. Meanwhile, the Expedition 50 crew is getting ready for a new protein crystal experiment and reconfiguring combustion science gear.


The International Space Station residents are wrapping up their work week today installing and checking science communications gear. The Expedition 50 crew is also continuing to explore how long-term space flight affects eyesight.


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


The Expedition 50 crew is continuing its investigation into vision changes and eye damage some astronauts have experienced after long-term missions in space.


Following a successful pair of spacewalks, the Expedition 50 crew has switched gears and is moving full-speed ahead with advanced space research. The orbital residents checked out science gear and studied the impacts of living in space.


Today: Extra-vehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Loop Scrub: Today, the crew configured EMUs 3006 and 3008 for loop scrubbing following last week's EVA.


Today: Japanese-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer-6 (J-SSOD-6) Deployment: Today four deployers, holding six satellites, were grappled by the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) and deployed.


Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough from NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency concluded their spacewalk at 12:20 p.m. EST.


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


Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency conducted a spacewalk in U.S. spacesuits to upgrade the system for the 1A power channel of the orbital laboratory's starboard 4 (S4) truss solar arrays.


Expedition 50 astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet are ready for their mission's second spacewalk (live) that starts Friday at 7 a.m. EST.


Commander Shane Kimbrough is getting ready for his second spacewalk in a week to complete the upgrade of power systems on the International Space Station. He will be joined by Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency who will be conducting his first spacewalk.


Orbital ATK has completed a significant mission milestone for NASA's next International Space Station cargo mission.


Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson concluded their spacewalk at 1:55 p.m. EST.


Two Expedition 50 astronauts are in final preparations for the first of two power maintenance spacewalks that starts Friday at 7 a.m. EST. Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson will stow and replace power gear during the first 6.5 hour spacewalk. The duo will work near the solar arrays on the starboard truss segment.


The crew is getting ready for a pair of spacewalks scheduled for this Friday and next Friday to upgrade the International Space Station's power system. The two spacewalks will take place on the station's right-side, or starboard, truss structure to replace and install new power equipment.


On January 4, NASA held a press briefing at Johnson Space Center in Houston to preview a pair of planned spacewalks which will perform a complex upgrade to the International Space Station's power system.


In a remarkable demonstration of robotic prowess, ground controllers used the Canadian-built "Dextre" Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator over the weekend to install three new lithium-ion batteries in the International Space Station's 3A power channel Integrated Electronics Assembly (IEA) pallet on the starboard 4 truss.


The Expedition 50 crew aboard the International Space Station spent the week working on an array of science, maintenance and spacewalking preparation to close out 2016.


Today: Fluid Shifts - Baseline Imaging: The first of three 49Soyuz subjects performed their Baseline Imaging measurements with assistance from both onboard operators and ground remote guiders.