Space Station Friday night! The crew gathers to watch space science history in the making as a team investigating novel fiber optic production starts a run. Researchers believe there could be a 10x gain in throughput for this type of fiber optic when produced in microgravity. Tapping the commercial potential of the @iss to benefit life on Earth!
Testing technologies for autonomous spacecraft refueling in microgravity on the @iss ! Not a simple problem when the fluid doesn’t rest nicely at the bottom of the tank and when vehicles rotate and move around for rendezvous.
Years ago at the South Pole, I looked up to the aurora for inspiration through the 6-month winter night. Now I know they’re just as awe inspiring from above. #nofilter
Venus rise at sunrise, from the @iss
We utilize the @iss for all kinds of different operations, and the close quarters means that science can happen right next to exercise!
This #MemorialDay , remembering Lieutenant Commander Roger Chaffee, #Apollo 1 crewmember who made the ultimate sacrifice for the advancement of human space exploration. A spaceship named in his honor is docked at the @iss today and is a symbol of his legacy and all that he and people like him have made possible. #RememberTheFallen
In a few moments, what’s in my hands will be in the vacuum of space. Working with Anne McClain prepping the platform of the facility airlock on @iss that allows us to move equipment and experiments between the inside and outside. Then, a robotic arm takes over and can install them almost anywhere on station.
Three’s company! Did you know that microgravity causes changes in immune systems? Today three of us got to work in tandem, using the @iss as a test bed to study these changes, with the goal to improve vaccines and therapies for treating diseases and cancers on Earth.
Needing big G’s in micro-G. Loading up the centrifuge to prep samples for deep freeze and later return to Earth for analysis. The @iss is a laboratory packed with facilities and equipment for the 200+ experiments happening every expedition!
Alexey, @astrohague and I recently conducted a 6-person routine emergency drill inside the Rassvet module where our Soyuz is docked. As astronauts, we must always be prepared in the case of unexpected contingencies!
Incredible tissue-on-a-chip research is happening onboard the @iss ! Why? Microgravity induces tissue changes that are also seen in progressive diseases on Earth, but here, these changes can happen over the course of weeks rather than years. Accelerating human health research in space to get disease prevention and treatment sooner on Earth!
Dual glovebox ops, not wasting a single surface of usable space for science! In one, we are discovering how microbes adapt to microgravity and in the other, how the immune system responds to spaceflight. Bringing new understanding down to Earth for application in pathogen defense, vaccines, and cancer treatments.
Let the cargo ops begin! When new vehicles carrying tons of research equipment, provisions and hardware arrive at the @iss , we get to work stowing all the new gear. For every high-tech laboratory facility, there’s a storage area of equipment and supplies to support it. Constant turnover with upgrades and the latest state of the art science!
Room for 6? No problem. From left to right: Progress, Soyuz, Cygnus, and Dragon, plus another Soyuz and Progress out of view! But is this truly a full house on @iss ? Nope. The @nasa Commercial Crew Program recently commissioned a new parking spot: the forward-facing docking port, for a total of 7! Stay tuned for more action there.
Clouds stole the view east of Adelaide to the @wsl at Bells, but I bet you could have seen the waves themselves from the @iss ! Way to crush the ‘50 Year Storm,’ @courtneyconlogue ! “The ocean lets us know just how small we really are.”--Just what I was thinking from up here, Bodhi. #swellfromspace
It took my breath away as it came into focus. My first glimpse of coastal North Carolina from space. It’s a special thing to see from above the place where you grew up--the ocean that first inspired my fascination with things that make me feel small, and first planted the seeds of a goal to explore. #EarthDay #EarthDay2019
One month down. Ten to go. Today the possibility has become reality: My mission is planned to be extended through a third Expedition onboard @iss ! Privileged to contribute my best every single day of it.