Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell and Fred W. Haise, Jr., during practice moonwalk at Kennedy Space Center ca. 1970
NASA TV to Cover Departure of Japanese Cargo Ship From Space Station Sept. 12
NASA Television will provide live coverage of the third Japanese “Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) cargo ship’s departure from the International Space Station in two broadcasts Wednesday, Sept. 12. The first, covering unberthing, will begin at 6:30 a.m. EDT, and the second, covering release, will begin at 11:30 a.m.
HTV-3, launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) July 21, arrived to the orbiting laboratory July 27 with several tons of supplies and experiments. Departure, originally planned for Sept. 6, was delayed to accommodate a second spacewalk by Expedition 32 Flight Engineers Sunita Williams of NASA and Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA on Wednesday.
Hoshide and fellow Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba of NASA will be at the controls of the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm to unbolt and disengage the cargo craft from the station’s Harmony module. A few hours later the astronauts will release the cargo craft, which will be moved a safe distance away from the complex. JAXA flight controllers later will fire the spacecraft’s engine, initiating its destructive entry back through Earth’s atmosphere.
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Raw images from the Cassini orbiter show Enceladus, Saturn’s sixth largest moon. Shown are the geysers at the south pole which erupt water ice out into space. Only alterations I made to the raw files was some darkening of overexposed frames.
Image credt: NASA/JPL
The mechanism at the right in this image is Curiosity’s dust removal tool, a motorized wire brush.
Source: NASA Our Solar System Facebook page.
"Muscle Guys" Who Brought Apollo 11 Home -
(CNN) - As he stood on the floating Apollo 11 capsule, Navy SEAL John Wolfram was very aware that the safety of the first men to walk on the moon was in his hands. The whole world was watching.
Amazing circumstances - for a guy just two years out of high school.
Neil Armstrong: “It was one of the hardest parts.”
Breaking: Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, has passed away at the age of 61. #RIP
“Group 2” astronauts taken 1962…dy y