In Today’s Extra… The International Space Station resumed six-person operations with the arrival of three U.S. and Russian astronauts launched late Tuesday from Kazakhstan. Hurricane Irma appears to have spared NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station major damage.
Human Space Exploration
International Space Station crew size returns to 6
Spaceflightinsider.com (9/13): Russia’s Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft launched and docked to the International Space Station late Tuesday, delivering NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei, as well as cosmonaut Alexander Misurskin. The docking returned the orbiting lab to six-person operations, four of the astronauts assigned to the station’s U.S. segment, two to the Russian segment. The newcomers replace NASA’s Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer and Russia’s Fyodor Yurchikhin, who returned to Earth on September 2. They join Expedition 53 commander Randy Bresnik, of NASA, Europe’s Paolo Nespoli and Russia’s Sergey Ryazansky.
Kennedy Space Center remains closed, but spared major damage
Associated Press via New York Times (9/12): NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, two of the nation’s most crucial space launch facilities, appear to have escaped major damage from Hurricane Irma. While power has been restored to both sites, water service is ...