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July 2-8, 2018 / Vol 37, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA

29 Jun 2018, 20:41 UTC
July 2-8, 2018 / Vol 37, No 27 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Exp 56 to Welcome Multiple Experiments, Cargo Ships – Possibly 1st Commercial Crew Ships

July 2018 ‘Space Month’ begins with International Space Station Expedition 56 space explorers working a full and varied mission at 405-km altitude, sustaining continuous human presence in space for nearly 18 years. Commander Andrew Feustel, flight engineers Oleg Artemyev, Richard Arnold, Sergey Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst and the 61st woman in space Serena Auñón-Chancellor are preparing for installation of SpaceX Dragon CRS-15 with 2,676 kg of cargo. Some of the hardware arriving includes DLR Crew Interactive Mobile companion experiment assessing crew efficiency and acceptance of AI, Chemical Gardens nanotube growth physics study, Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment, Canadian Space Agency spare Canadarm2 Latching End Effector, Space Algae growth investigation, and Made In Space Fiber Optics-3. The JPL / NASA Cold Atom Laboratory aboard ISS may begin experiments in September, exposing atoms to a temperature 10B times colder than the vacuum of Space (a billionth of a degree above absolute zero), producing clouds of ultra-cooled atoms called Bose-Einstein condensates which can be observed in microgravity for up to 10 seconds. The crew is also transferring cargo from Progress 69P and Cygnus OA-9, monitoring Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, ...

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