A cargo craft is orbiting Earth at present heading towards the International Space Station because the seven Expedition 69 crew members studied how weightlessness impacts cardiac tissue and the digestive system. In the meantime, a brand new crew counts all the way down to its launch early Friday.
Three tons of house provides are packed aboard the Roscosmos Progress 85 cargo craft and on the best way to the orbital residents for a supply scheduled at 11:50 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Station commander Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin shall be on obligation Thursday evening monitoring the Progress 85 when it mechanically docks to the Zvezda service module’s aft port. The duo will wait about two hours throughout normal leak and stress checks earlier than opening the resupply ship’s hatch and start unpacking the brand new meals, gas, and different cargo.
Whereas the cargo actions get underway, the SpaceX Crew-7 mission will launch at 3:50 a.m. on Friday from NASA’s Kennedy House Middle. 4 Industrial Crew astronauts shall be seated contained in the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft atop the corporate’s Falcon 9 rocket awaiting a 24-hour journey to their new house in house.
NASA astronaut and Crew-7 Commander Jasmin Moghbeli shall be main Pilot Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European House Company) and Mission Specialists Satoshi Furukawa of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Company) and Konstantin Borisov of Roscosmos aboard Endurance throughout the journey to the station. Endurance, with the quartet inside, will mechanically dock to the Harmony module’s space-facing port at 2:02 a.m. on Saturday. The foursome will open the hatch about two hours later, enter the station, greet the Expedition 69 crew, and start a six-month microgravity analysis mission.
In the meantime, the crewmates dwelling in house explored how microgravity impacts cardiac cells and the digestive system to learn people dwelling on and off the Earth. NASA Flight Engineers Frank Rubio and Woody Hoburg handled samples of stem-cell derived coronary heart micro-tissues on Wednesday within the Kibo laboratory module. The Project EAGLE biology examine takes place in Kibo’s Life Science Glovebox and should reveal potential therapies for space-caused cardiac abnormalities and Earth-bound coronary heart illnesses.
Prokopyev and Petelin began the day with ultrasound scans after breakfast to watch how the digestive system adapts to weightlessness. Prokopyev then partnered with Flight Engineer Andrey Fedyaev within the afternoon for extra assessments of the decrease physique unfavorable stress swimsuit that will assist crew members readjust to Earth’s gravity setting.
Fedyaev shall be returning to Earth quickly with Hoburg and astronauts Stephen Bowen of NASA and Sultan Alneyadi of UAE (United Arab Emirates). The quartet will enter the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft one week after Crew-7 arrives, undock from Concord’s ahead port, and splashdown off the coast of Florida to finish a six-month house mission. Throughout Wednesday afternoon, the 4 crewmates inspected their SpaceX stress fits they are going to put on inside Endeavour after they depart the station for the journey again to Earth.
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