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July 15-21, 2013 / Vol 32, No 28 / Hawai`i Island, USA

12 Jul 2013, 20:46 UTC
July 15-21, 2013 / Vol 32, No 28 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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International Space Station Preparing for Hardware Upgrade, Future R&D
Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Luca Parmitano of ESA, with help from the rest of the 6-person ISS crew – the only humans in space – are preparing for US EVA-23 beginning at 12:10 UT on July 16. The Astronauts will exit via the Quest airlock and spend 6.5 hours making preparations for the new Russian Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module expected to arrive by December and performing additional installations on the 109-meter main truss, the station’s backbone. Cassidy is the 500th human in space and this is his 6th spacewalk. Parmitano is the first Italian to perform a spacewalk and this is his 2nd, after a very successful US EVA-22 last week completed primary tasks and multiple “get-ahead” tasks. The 2nd Annual ISS Research and Development Conference organized by the American Astronautical Society takes place in Denver, CO, USA on July 16-18. The theme is ‘Discoveries, Applications and Opportunities’ highlighting the multiple roles of the ISS as scientific laboratory, technology testbed, orbiting outpost, galactic observatory, innovation engine and student inspiration. A lunch session on Tuesday features Astronaut Don Pettit and the series of Parallel Sessions include Education, Human Research, ...

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