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August 15-21, 2016 / Vol 35, No 33 / Hawai`i Island, USA

12 Aug 2016, 19:00 UTC
August 15-21, 2016 / Vol 35, No 33 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Expedition 48 Prep for EVA, Dragon CRS-9 Departure, Satellite Deployments

ISS Expedition 48 six-member crew with Commander Jeff Williams and flight engineers Kate Rubins, Takuya Onishi, Anatoly Ivanishin, Oleg Skripochka, and Alexey Ovchinin are gearing up for a busy month including a spacewalk, cargo ship transfers and nearly 280 new and ongoing science investigations. The 6.5-hour U.S. EVA 36 will begin August 18 at 12:05 UT. It will be the 194th spacewalk for ISS. Williams and Rubins will exit from Quest airlock to install the 526-kg International Docking Adapter-2 on Harmony module to enable docking of future commercial crew spacecraft from Boeing and SpaceX. On August 24, Williams will set the record for most cumulative time spent in orbit by an American astronaut at 520 days. Dragon CRS-9 and ~2,000 kg of cargo, experiments and live plants are being prepared for return to Earth Aug 29 via Pacific Ocean parachute landing. The crew is also transferring cargo from Progress MS-02 and Progress MS-03 and filling with waste. Ivanishin, Onishi and Rubins are set to return to Earth September 6. The 7th Orbital ATK Cygnus freighter OA-5 (dubbed S.S. Alan Poindexter) and 2,400 kg of cargo are now scheduled to ...

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