Expedition 35/36: First Six-Hour Human ISS Rendezvous, Busy Schedule
Expedition 35/36 members, Chris Cassidy (TL) of NASA, Aleksandr Misurkin (TC) of RSA and Pavel Vinogradov (TR) of RSA, are set to launch to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz rocket on March 29 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 02:43. If successful, this crew will be the first to rendezvous with the ISS on an accelerated 6-hour, 4-orbit trajectory. The typical trajectory is 2 days, 34 orbits. They will join the first Canada Commander Chris Hadfield, RSA Cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and NASA Astronaut Tom Marshburn. Expedition 35/36 is scheduled to include 4 Russian spacewalks and the arrival of 2 RSA Progress resupply vehicles, an ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle named Albert Einstein and Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Cygnus freighter for its demo flight. Among other science experiments, Expedition 35/36 will test intraocular pressures and take ultrasound scans of their eyes for an Ocular Health Study. They will also work with NASA InSPACE-3 (BL) to improve engineers’ ability to design structures to better withstand earthquakes and JAXA Stem Cell experiment to learn about space radiation’s impact on DNA. (Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls, CSA, OSC)
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