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December 4-10, 2017 / Vol 36, No 49 / Hawai`i Island, USA

1 Dec 2017, 21:15 UTC
December 4-10, 2017 / Vol 36, No 49 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Expedition 53 Continues Legacy of Human Achievement in LEO

The International Space Station Expedition 53 six-member crew is supporting hundreds of experiments for the betterment of life on and off Earth while maintaining the 419,455-kg orbiting lab at 400 km. The disposable Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-8 craft ‘S.S. Gene Cernan’ now empty of 3,350 kg of supplies will be released December 4 for Earth atmosphere reentry, and replaced by the reusable SpaceX Dragon CRS-13 craft. Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei is set to capture Dragon Dec 10 with Canadarm2. Dragon is loaded with ~3,000 kg of cargo and a dozen experiments including studies to explore the Sun’s impact on Earth, accuracy of a new diabetes implant device, effectiveness of synthetic bone material, seed germination rates, muscle atrophy, and optical fiber production. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket used to launch Dragon on Dec 8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Complex 40 will attempt to land at Landing Zone-1. Commander Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli are scheduled to return to Earth Dec 13 leaving Alexander Misurkin, Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba as a 3-member crew until Dec 19 when Anton Shkaplerov, Scott Tingle and ...

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