Station avoids satellite fragment, spacewalk preps start

Because of an approach of a square of satellite waste The International Space Station was moved out of the way late Saturday night. There were no impacts to team organisation reserve or operations. The operation might reinstate one of three reboots planned for the orbital laboratory forward of the Sept. 2 launch of the Expedition 45/Visiting Taxi Crew.

The new Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft is illustrated docked to the Rassvet (Mini-Research Module 1) module.

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The Mini-Research Module 1, MIM-1, Rassvet became the fifth stable element of the International Space Station built in Russia. Without some kind of extension, an originally scheduled addition of NASA’s Node-3 module to a “next-door” nadir port on the Unity/Node 1 module of the American segment would block a safe entrance of the Soyuz spacecraft to the Russian division. In turn, the Soyuz access was required to accommodate two life boat spacecraft supporting a full six-member team of the station. The spacecraft was basically a stopgap measure to fill the nadir (Earth-facing) docking port on the Zarya FGB control module of the outpost.
One-Year crew participant Mikhail Kornienko and Commander Gennady Padalka are prepared for an Aug. 10 spacewalk. They’ll work outside for 6 hours changing experiments and equipment and photographing the situation of the station’s Russian section.
The six-member Expedition 44 crew also moved full speed forward with more science and upkeep work. One-Year organisation member Scott Kelly worked on the Twins testing that equates his adaptation in space with his Earth-bound brother and ex-astronaut Mark Kelly. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren tended to lettuce vegetation being grown for a Veggie investigate afterwards changed on to U.S. spacesuit conservation.
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui observed how microorganisms can affect a crew participant’s immune system in universe for the Microbiome study. Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko worked on unpacking equipment from the new Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft, stowing discarded equipment in the ISS Progress 58 space freighter and updating the station’s inventory administration system.
The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft was successfully launched by a Russian Soyuz FG rocket on a six-hour launch-to-docking operation on Wednesday. Launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome happened at 21:02 UTC, followed by a successful docking with NASA’s Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Kimiya Yui of JAXA and Oleg Kononenko of Roscommon – despite the Plane 4 (Port) array failing to deploy en route, earlier finally deploying upon docking. This latest Soyuz team mission was reorganized as part of the evaluations into the near-term manifest following the Progress M-27M disappointment.
Even if the Progress issue was produced by a problem relating to the Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle, the Russians – and ISS partners – proposed suspending the departure of Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency until the next week of June, in turn providing them with another month on the Station.

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