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Christopher K.
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Expedition 61

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Expedition 61 crew are scheduled to leave the Earth on Wednesday 25 September. The Highland Road Park Observatory at this time is scheduled to be open for the public to view the live broadcast. The general timeline is...
8:15am to 9:15am CDT = Soyuz MS15 launch
1:45pm to 3:45pm CDT = Soyuz MS15 docking (with solar viewing)
4:15pm to 5:45pm CDT = Soyuz MS15 hatch opening and welcoming ceremony

The viewing events will have no admission fee.

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

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Re: Expedition 61

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United States Spacewalk #57 is currently underway. It started at about 6:50am CDT. Koch and Morgan are installing new batteries on the P6 truss. Other spacewalks currently slated are...
#58 = Wednesday 16 October
#59 = Monday 21 October
#60 = Friday 25 October
All spacewalks have a planned start time of 6:50am CDT and will be broadcast live on NASA-TV. All three of these spacewalks are to continue the installation of new P6 batteries.

About Christina Koch:
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/file ... ock-cm.pdf

About Andrew Morgan:
https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/2013_morgan.html

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Re: Expedition 61

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Today, the Expedition 61 crew is conducting microgravity investigations. NASA astronaut Christina Koch is filling the docked Japanese HTV-8 cargo craft with trash before the HTV's departure.

Tomorrow at 10:55am CDT, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan will speak with Uniformed Services University. Thursday at 1:35pm CDT, Morgan and fellow astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will speak to the SMPTE Industry Conference. Both conversations will be broadcast live on NASA-TV.

About the HTV:
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/htv/

Uniformed Services University:
https://www.usuhs.edu/

SMPTE Industry Conference:
https://2019.smpte.org/

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Re: Expedition 61

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The Northrop Grumman NG-12 cargo craft is on its way to the ISS. Its launch will be rebroadcast today at 5pm CST on NASA-TV.

And upcoming on both NASA-TVs...
Monday 4 November, 1:45am CST = rendezvous and capture of the NG-12
Monday 4 November, 5:30am CST = installation of the NG-12 onto the Unity Module

More information:
https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/r ... n-for-nasa

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Re: Expedition 61

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At 6pm CST today NASA-TV will replay the overview briefing the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, and at 7pm the channels will show a replay of the briefing of Friday's scheduled spacewalk.

Tomorrow at 12:25pm CST, NASA-TV will show live interviews of Christina Koch and Jessica Meir with the Kelly Clarkson Show and Elle Magazine.

Coverage of American Spacewalk #59 (to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer), is scheduled to begin Friday the 15th at 4:30am. The participants are Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano, and the spacewalk will last for approximately six-and-a-half hours. The new spacewalking gear was delivered to the ISS by the Cygnus...
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/201 ... emergency/

About Jessica Meir:
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/file ... eir-ju.pdf

About Luca Parmitano:
http://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/ ... _Parmitano

About the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer:
https://ams.nasa.gov/

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Re: Expedition 61

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CRS-19 is launching! The coverage on NASA-TV starts at 11:30am CST, and the launch itself is scheduled for 11:51am CST.

Countdown
-00:38:00 – SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for propellant load
-00:35:00 – RP-1 (rocket-grade kerosene) loading begins
-00:35:00 – 1st stage LOX (liquid oxygen) loading begins
-00:16:00 – 2nd stage LOX loading begins
-00:07:58 – Dragon transitions to internal power
-00:01:00 – Command flight computer to begin final prelaunch checks
-00:01:00 – Propellant tanks pressurize for flight
-00:00:45 – SpaceX Launch Director verifies go for launch
-00:00:03 – Engine controller commands engine ignition sequence to start
-00:00:00 – Falcon 9 liftoff

Ascent
00:01:18 – Max Q (moment of peak mechanical stress on the rocket)
00:02:31 – 1st stage main engine cutoff (MECO)
00:02:34 – 1st and 2nd stages separate
00:02:42 – 2nd stage engine starts
00:02:47 – 1st stage boostback burn begins
00:06:11 – 1st stage entry burn begins
00:07:48 – 1st stage landing
00:08:35 – 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO)
00:09:35 – Dragon separates from 2nd stage
00:12:02 – Dragon’s solar arrays deploy
02:19:00 – Dragon’s Guidance, Navigation and Control bay door opens

More information:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2019/12/0 ... o-station/

CRS-19 Mission Patch:
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/wp-conten ... 00x260.png

Don't forget, the cargo ship Progress 74 launches to the ISS Friday morning at 3:15am...
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa ... ch-docking

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Re: Expedition 61

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Well, well, well... The CRS launch is postponed until 11:29am CST tomorrow; live coverage begins at 11am. (Apparently the wind today--or maybe just the gusts--were too high.)

More information...
https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacex/2019/12/0 ... -to-winds/

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