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ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » February 23rd, 2018, 4:20 pm

The current NASA schedule calls for Expedition 55/56 personnel to be launched within the Soyuz MS-08 on Wednesday 21 March. HRPO will be open with drinks and refreshments. The general public is invited to attended this launch party.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stat ... index.html

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » March 2nd, 2018, 11:35 am

Today at 11:15am CST Scott Tingle and Norishige Kanai will conduct an educational event with Monta Loma Elementary School in Mountain View, California. The two of them and Anton Shkaplerov have been on the International Space Station since 19 December.

More information:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/201 ... or-launch/

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » March 3rd, 2018, 5:32 pm

This evening at 6pm CST there will replays of the training of Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold on both NASA-TVs (again tomorrow at 9:15am CST, 4pm CST and 8pm CST).

Arnold became a NASA astronaut in the spring of 2004...
https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/arnold-rr.pdf

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » March 21st, 2018, 11:04 am

Starting at 11:45am CDT, coverage will begin of the Expedition 55/56 launch on board the Soyuz MS-08. Actual launch time is 12:44pm. The crew leaving Earth is composed of Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold of NASA, and Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos.

This is the expected timeline that will be broadcast live on both NASA-TVs...
11:59:25am = pad service structure components lowered
12:00:25pm = clamshell gantry service towers retracted
12:07:25pm = suit leak checks begin; descent module testing complete
12:10:25pm = emergency escape system armed
12:29:25pm = suit leak checks complete; escape system to auto
12:34:25pm = gyros in flight readiness and recorders activated
12:37:25pm = pre-launch operations complete
12:38:25pm = launch countdown operations to auto; vehicle ready
12:39:25pm = commander’s controls activated
12:40:25pm = combustion chamber nitrogen purge
12:41:25pm = propellant drainback
12:41:40pm = booster propellant tank pressurization
12:42:55pm = ground propellant feed terminated
12:43:25pm = vehicle to internal power
12:43:50pm = first umbilical tower separates
12:43:55pm = ground umbilical to third stage disconnected
12:44:10pm = second umbilical tower separates
12:44:13pm = launch command issued
12:44:15pm = engine turbopumps at flight speed
12:44:20pm = engines at maximum thrust
12:44:25pm = launch of Soyuz MS-08

HRPO will be open during this time for anyone who would like go watch. There will also be optical solar viewing.

More information:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » March 29th, 2018, 12:54 pm

Sunday at 1:30pm CDT the "What's On Board" briefing for the Commercial Resupply Services Mission 14 will take place, with the prelaunch briefing following at 3pm CDT. Both NASA-TVs will broadcast it live.

Launch takes place on Monday the 2nd...
3pm CDT = launch coverage begins
3:30pm CDT = launch scheduled
5pm CDT = CRS-14 Post-Launch News Conference
5:30pm CDT = CRS-14 Post-Launch Press Conference
HRPO will be open from 3pm to 6pm for this live event. There will be drinks and refreshments. Kids attending will obtain an extra door prize ticket for the Spring Rocket Camp drawing on Tuesday, and/or for the 7 April Science Academy session "Plate Tectonics". From 3pm to 6pm all HRPO merchandise will be ten percent off!

On Wednesday the 4th...
4:30am CDT = coverage of rendezvous and capture begins
6am CDT = capture of Dragon spacecraft scheduled
7:30am CDT = installation of Dragon spacecraft to ISS scheduled
HRPO will be open from 5:30am to 8am for this live event. There will be drinks and refreshments. Kids attending will obtain an extra door prize tickets for Spring Rocket Camp later that day, and/or for the 7 April Science Academy session "Plate Tectonics" (yes, SA Cadets can obtain two). From 5:30am to 8am all HRPO merchandise will be ten percent off!

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/content/spacex-crs ... and-events
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2018/03/2 ... e-station/
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stat ... ch_feature

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » April 4th, 2018, 12:59 am

Because NOAA predicts a forty-three percent chance of rain from 5:30am to 8am, HRPO will not be open for this live broadcast. We encourage everyone interested to view the event on NASA-TV.

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » April 26th, 2018, 11:16 am

Expedition 55 will have two live in-flight events tomorrow, both broadcast on both NASA-TVs. At 8:10am CDT Ricky Arnold and Norishige Kanai will have an interview with WBFF of Baltimore. At 9:30am CDT Drew Feustal and Scott Tingle will talk with students from Aransas Pass, Texas.

The ISS crew currently is experimenting with space gardening...
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/201 ... board-lab/

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » May 2nd, 2018, 10:36 am

At 11:20am CDT, Drew Feustal and Scott Tingle will speak with the Champlain Valley School District in Hinesburg, Vermont. The event will be broadcast live on both NASA-TVs.

Due to "high seas" the CRS-14 release and return to Earth has been rescheduled from this morning to Saturday morning...
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/201 ... ay-return/

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » May 7th, 2018, 3:18 pm

Tomorrow at 1pm CDT a briefing on American Spacewalk #50 will be broadcast live (then replayed at 3pm CDT and 7pm CDT) on both NASA-TVs. Feustel and Arnold will move the Pump Flow Control Subassembly from a spare parts container to the Dextre arm. (The PFCS regulates ammonia flow for the outside portion of the cooling system. Controllers on Earth will use Canadarm2 and Dextre to perform the final installation. Feustal and Arnold will remove the failed PFCS, and replace a camera system on the Destiny Laboratory.

More information:
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa ... e-coverage

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Re: ISS Expedition 55

Post by Christopher K. » May 14th, 2018, 7:46 am

Today at 9:35am CDT, NASA will broadcast on both channels an in-flight educational event with Flight Engineers Feustal and Arnold. They will converse with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Andrew Feustal is from Michigan and NASA chose him in 2000; he had a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Queen's University...
https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/feustel-aj.pdf

Science of course continues on the ISS, including one of the crewmembers having ECG electrodes attached...
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stat ... of_07may18

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