#ICYMI...This weekend the crew captured a dragon 🐉 @astrohague and @astro_christina captured the @spacex #Dragon visiting vehicle on Saturday morning using the station’s robotic arm Canadaarm2. The vehicle even had a special #Apollo50th emblem to continue celebrating the historic anniversary. They also said goodbye to Progress vehicle 72P in order to make room for 73P which is scheduled to arrive to the @iss on Wednesday. Nick Hague describes the reentry scene in the final photo as “a big firework that lasted minutes - flickering, sparkling, and pulsing with brightness before it faded into the darkness.”
50 years after his historic flight, #Apollo 11 astronaut @astromichaelcollins meets with our newest astronaut candidates from the class of 2017. They will be part of the team returning to the moon on future #Artemis missions. Passing on wisdom from one generation of explorers to the next👨🚀🚀🌝
Upon splashing down in the Pacific Ocean after achieving the first lunar landing, United States President Richard M. Nixon welcomed the Apollo 11 crew home - Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The crew underwent a 21-day quarantine to protect against the small possibility of lunar contagion. This procedure was discontinued after Apollo 14. These photos were taken in the Mobile Quarantine Facility.
#repost @astrodrewmorgan... Hello everyone! Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. The first few days on @iss have been so awesome. I’m learning to live & work in space, and while my training was outstanding, doing even simple tasks in microgravity puts a whole new spin on things. Here I am on one of my first visits to the “cupola,” our window to see the beautiful Earth.
One small step. One giant leap. 50 years ago today, #Apollo11 astronauts Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on the Moon. Astronaut Michael Collins orbited above in the Command Module, which would return them to Earth. #Apollo50th
Who was Neil Alden Armstrong?🤔 👨✈️Test pilot 👨🚀 @nasa astronaut 🚀#Apollo11 Commander 🌕First human to set foot on the moon 🇺🇸Praised as a "reluctant American hero" #DKY: Armstrong was NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. #Apollo #Apollo11 #Apollo50
Who is Michael Collins?🤔 🛩️Former test pilot 👨🚀Former @nasa astronaut 🗣️Apollo VIII CAPCOM 🌕#Apollo11 Command Module pilot 🚀Set new human spaceflight record on #GeminiX #DYK: Collins created a 117-page book of possible contingency plans for various Apollo 11 scenarios. #Apollo #Apollo11 #Apollo50
Who is Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin?🤔 🛩️Former fighter pilot 👨🚀Former @nasa astronaut #GeminiXII #Apollo11 🌕Second person to walk on the moon 🌌Lifelong space exploration advocate #DYK: Buzz earned his nickname when his little sister mispronounced the word "brother" as "buzzer". #Apollo #Apollo11 #Apollo50
Floating water droplets 💧 are more than just fun, they help show how fluids move in microgravity. These unique movements demonstrate why it's crucial to study fluid dynamics in space.
Who’s launching next?🚀 Expedition 60 crew members include @nasa’s @astrodrewmorgan, Luca Parmitano of the @europeanspaceagency and Alexander Skvortsov of @roscosmosofficial. The crew will launch July 20 on the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a mission on @iss.
“Sporting our red, white, and blue on @iss!🇺🇸 Planning a “cookout” tonight. Beef patties, corn, blueberry cobbler, and lemonade are all on the menu - tasty and ready in under 15 minutes. Hoping to catch some fireworks out the window later. Happy #4thofJuly from space!” - @astrohague
Soldier, Physician, Astronaut...✔️ On this episode of “Houston, We Have a Podcast”, NASA Astronaut @astrodrewmorgan shares his journey just before his first spaceflight to the @iss. Morgan talks about his education, his time as a flight surgeon in the military, and his experience parachuting out of planes✈️ Check out our story for details on how he’s preparing for his 9 month extended stay in space💫
#ICYMI: Last week we reminisced on the Apollo Mission Control Center celebrating the successful first steps of Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin on the moon. The Apollo Mission Control Center has been restored to appear as it did in that era in celebration of the #Apollo50th.
Happy #FunFactFriday! The word “Astronaut” comes from the Greek words 𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯 𝘯𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘴, which means “star sailor”💫
From swimming pools, to the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, to the Gulf of Mexico🌊👨🚀 We've gotten creative with landing rescue and recovery testing over the years. When astronauts return from deep-space missions, they need a strategy to safely and efficiently exit the spacecraft. 📸: Apollo, Commercial Crew Program, and Orion testing.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦'𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦!🌎 Last night Anne McClain and @astrodavids received a warm welcome at Ellington Field in Houston, TX after spending 204 days in space. The Expedition 59 crew will undergo a number of tests, as scientists continue to study how microgravity affects the human body. 📸:NASA / Robert Markowitz
Touchdown! NASA Astronaut Anne McClain has safely landed back on Earth after spending 204 days living and working on the @iss. 📸:NASA/Bill Ingalls
“L-1: Today: Packing, cleaning, sorting, studying, reflecting. Tomorrow: Demonstrate what we are capable of when we work together. When we unite not out of fear, but out of a common human instinct to go beyond what is known and explore. #TeamHuman - we’ll be home tomorrow.” - NASA Astronaut Anne McClain
🌎 3,264 orbits of Earth 🗓️ 204 Days ❤️1 Successful mission After months of conducting science research and @iss maintenance, NASA Astronaut Anne McClain and two crewmates are returning to Earth on Monday, June 24! Watch the Soyuz undocking and landing live on NASA TV.
We're never too busy to stop for a stellar selfie on a spacewalk!📸 #NationalSelfieDay Which one is your favorite?
#OTD 36 years ago, NASA Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she launched with her four crewmates aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-7.
Anne McClain, @astrodavids and Oleg Kononenko are getting ready to return to Earth next week and landing preparations are in full swing! Yesterday the crew performed leak checks and donned their Sokol suits for the first time since arriving to @iss on December 3rd. “L-6 : Happiness is counting your remaining coffees and discovering you have 6 for each remaining day. This may be my most productive week in space....” - NASA Astronaut Anne McClain
Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. Now, she personifies our path to the Moon as the name of @nasa's program to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024🌙 With our goal of sending humans to Mars, Artemis is the first step to begin this next era of exploration.
“Enjoying my last weeks on @iss! Taking short breaks between all the activities onboard to soak up the views of our beautiful planet. Medical testing and packing to prepare for departure have been keeping us busy. What would you do if you had two weeks in space?” - NASA Astronaut Anne McClain
Ed White became the first American astronaut to walk in space #OTD in 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission. He spent 23 minutes walking in space, using a 25 ft tether and a hand-held maneuvering oxygen-jet gun to navigate around the spaceship. What did it feel like to be the first American astronaut to venture outside of a spaceship? “I feel like a million dollars!” White exclaimed during the historic spacewalk. When told to come inside he responded, “It’s the saddest moment of my life.”
#repost @astro_christina... “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.”
Astronauts experience many bodily shifts and changes when adjusting to life in microgravity during long duration missions. Here’s how @astrohague describes his adjustments to life in space: “2 months into my stay on @iss! What’s it like adjusting to life in space? My back stretched out due to lack of gravity and I’m now 2 inches taller, fluid shifts make me feel a bit stuffy in my head, & the tops of my feet now have calluses since we use them like hands on handrails. The upsides? Floating is awesome, I can carry cargo using just my feet, the views can’t be beat, and a good crew makes everything better. 💡Spaceflight pro tip: Velcro every tool/item so that it doesn’t float away!”
“A couple times a year, the @iss orbit happens to align over the day/night shadow line on Earth. We are continuously in sunlight, never passing into Earth’s shadow from the Sun, and the Earth below us is always in dawn or dusk. Beautiful time to cloud watch. #nofilter “ - @astro_christina
A few of our favorite Mother’s Day tributes! “Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, step-moms, foster moms, surrogate moms, birth moms, stand-in moms, and mother figures....you make everything possible!” - NASA Astronaut Anne McClain
Capture complete! The crew admired the view of @spacex #Dragon today just before @astrodavids and @astrohague captured the visiting vehicle using the station’s robotic arm. SpaceX-17 is loaded with over 5,500 pounds of research, hardware and crew supplies, and is now the 6th vehicle docked to @iss.
Take me out to the ball game🎶⚾️ NASA astronaut and Maryland native @astro_ricky caught up with the Baltimore @orioles before their game against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend. He shared stories of his 197 days living and working on the @iss as part of the Expedition 55/56 crew, and signed autographs for young fans.
#FridayFact: Seasoned @iss astronauts and rookies explore caves to prepare for spaceflight – they're called Cavenauts!⛏️ 🧗🏻♂️ CAVES is two-week course run by the @europeanspaceagency, preparing astronauts to work safely and effectively in multicultural teams in an environment where safety is critical – in caves. These photos are from the 2016 Expedition where NASA Astronauts @astro_ricky and @astro_jessica were part of the international crew. Which photo is your favorite?📸
How do astronauts living and working aboard the @iss like to spend their free time? Gazing back at our majestic planet! Orbiting about 250 miles over the Earth, our astronauts have the best view of our home planet. Here’s to celebrating #EarthDay, today and every day, whether you’re on or off the planet!🌎👩🏻🚀
It's #FollowFriday! Follow first time flier @astrodrewmorgan as he prepares to launch to the @iss this upcoming July, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing🚀 Dr. Morgan is an emergency physician in the @usarmy and will serve as a flight engineer for Expeditions 60, 61 & 62 during his 9 month stay on Station.
#Repost @astro_christina ・・・ 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. ・・・ Breaking news! NASA Astronaut Christina Hammock Koch is now scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020, when she will set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, eclipsing the previous mark set by NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson of 288 days in 2016-17.
"Did you know that cargo vehicles don’t autonomously dock to the @iss? Instead, they park close by and we capture them with #CanadaArm2 (the station's robotic arm), in what's called a “grapple.” We're practicing that maneuver a lot this week to be ready for Friday’s planned arrival of #Cygnus NG-11. " - NASA Astronaut Anne McClain
Exactly 20 years after the first manned spaceflight, a new era emerged when Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) soared into orbit in 1981 from @nasakennedy. Columbia carried a crew of two: mission commander John Young and pilot Bob Crippen. The mission lasted 54.5 hours and Columbia orbited the Earth a total of 36 times.
The era of human spaceflight began #OTD in 1961 when Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth. Since then, all astronauts honor his legacy in many preflight traditions such as book signings, tree planting ceremonies & laying flowers in the Red Square.
Have you had your morning cup of coffee?☕️ #FunFact: Because fluids behave differently in space, most astronauts drink their morning coffee out of a sealed bag instead of using normal cups…until NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit created the space cup! Much of the experience of drinking a cup of coffee is enjoying the aroma of a fresh brew, which you aren’t able to do through a sealed pouch and straw in space. Don Pettit took some leftover plastic materials on @iss and designed cups for drinking liquids in space, where the effects of surface tension, wetting, and container geometry are exploited in a manner that mimic the role of gravity in normal drinking on Earth. Now astronauts can actually enjoy a cup of Joe in space!
Can lighthearted experiments lead to scientific discoveries? Absolutely! NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit spoke at the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) last week about how his curiosity during his down time living on the @iss led to numerous scientific discoveries. #AstronautAppearances
“Gardening without gravity!” - @astro_christina For years now, crews on @iss have been growing veggies in support of research for future space travel. Expedition 59 crew members were able to celebrate their successful space harvest by tasting their veggies and making fresh salads on station!
#repost @astrohague . . . A long week of hard work and spacewalk prep calls for a pizza party. Making pizza in space is similar to making pizza on Earth, the only difference is our ovens look a little different and our pizza can float! Anyone on Earth having pizza tonight?🍕
Happy #FunFactFriday! Did you know many of our astronauts are also aquanauts?👨🏼🚀🌊 NEEMO - the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project - is a NASA analog mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research station, for up to three weeks at a time. Much like space, the undersea world is a hostile, alien place for humans to live. NEEMO crew members experience similar challenges as one would living on @iss. In the undersea research station, aquanauts are able to simulate living on a spacecraft & test spacewalk techniques for future missions.
"Space is closer than you think!" NASA Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei had the chance to visit with students from @pellissippistate yesterday and explained his role serving as a flight engineer for Expedition 53/54 aboard the @iss. He had a blast answering questions about his 168 days living in space and even signed a few special autographs! #AstronautAppearances