ISS Status Report

ISS Status Report

HTV2 Launch Delayed; Crew Prepares for Spacewalk, Arrivals, Departures

ISS Status Report

Late Tuesday night, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) officials postponed the launch of the “Kounotori” HTV2 cargo ship due to a forecast of thick clouds with freezing layers at the launch site at the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. Launch is now scheduled for 12:37 a.m. EST, 5:37 GMT, on Saturday. Rendezvous, robotic arm grapple and berthing to the International Space Station will remain the same, scheduled for Jan. 27. JAXA flight controllers will change the approach to a five-day rendezvous to accommodate the launch delay.

N5VHO – Wed, 2011 – 01 – 19 17:52

Crew Preps for Spacewalks, Arrival of Cargo Craft

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The Expedition 26 crew of the International Space Station conducted experiments and continued spacewalk preparations Tuesday as the pace of activity gears up for the arrival of visiting cargo vehicles and upcoming space shuttle flights.

In the Pirs docking compartment, Flight Engineers Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka donned their Orlan spacesuits for a full checkout of their suits’ systems and communications capability. Their spacewalk to outfit the Russian segment of the station and install a TV camera on the Rassvet module is slated to begin Friday at 9:20 a.m. EST.

N5VHO – Tue, 2011 – 01 – 18 16:29

Station Gets Reboost, Crew Prepares for Spacewalk

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The orbit of the International Space Station was raised Thursday during an 11-minute, 4-second reboost using the ISS Progress 39 cargo ship’s thrusters. The reboost puts the orbiting laboratory in position for the upcoming rendezvous, grapple and berthing of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s H-II Transfer Vehicle 2 (HTV2) on Jan. 27. It also brings the station to the correct altitude for docking opportunities with space shuttle Discovery in February.

N5VHO – Fri, 2011 – 01 – 14 15:20

Cargo Vehicle Preparations Continue for Crew

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is set to launch its second H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-2) next week. When it arrives at the station near the end of the month, the automated cargo craft will be grappled by Canadarm2, the station’s robotic arm, and berthed to a docking port on the Harmony module. Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli are training for their Canadarm2 tasks as they prepare for the arrival of the HTV-2 on Jan. 27.

N5VHO – Thu, 2011 – 01 – 13 09:14

Crew Observes Moment of Silence, Prepares for Spacewalk

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The Expedition 26 crew aboard the orbiting International Space Station observed the National Moment of Silence Monday in honor of the victims of the Tucson, Arizona shooting Saturday. Those victims include Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wife of STS-134 Commander Mark Kelly, who is the twin brother of Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly.

› View video of Scott Kelly’s statement regarding the moment of silence at

N5VHO – Tue, 2011 – 01 – 11 12:46

Maintenance for Crew While Cargo Vehicle Preparations Continue

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Commander Scott Kelly spent most of Wednesday working on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment located in the Destiny laboratory. The American toilet has been onboard the International Space Station for two years and was scheduled for leak checks and a change out of valves, hoses and sensors.

N5VHO – Thu, 2011 – 01 – 06 11:53

Crew Back to Work after Holiday Weekend

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After an off-duty weekend to celebrate the new year, the Expedition 26 crew resumed its usual scientific and maintenance work Monday.

Flight Engineer Catherine Coleman spent some time in the European Columbus laboratory working with the Scaling Body-Related Actions in the Absence of Gravity experiment. Also known as Passages, the experiment tests how astronauts interpret visual information in microgravity.

N5VHO – Tue, 2011 – 01 – 04 11:03

Station’s Newest Crew Members Continue Orientation

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After a light-duty weekend, the International Space Station's newest flight engineers, Cady Coleman, Dmitry Kondratyev and Paolo Nespoli, each had time set aside to study the layout of their orbital home for the next five months and learn to move about in its large habitable space. The trio also conducted routine on-orbit hearing assessments. Coleman, Kondratyev and Nespoli arrived at the station Dec. 17 aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft.

N5VHO – Tue, 2010 – 12 – 28 12:29

Robotics and Research Aboard Station Tuesday, Reboost Wednesday

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With Expedition 26 recently expanded to its full crew complement of six, the International Space Station’s residents checked out robotics systems to prepare for the arrival of a Japanese cargo craft and conducted scientific research Tuesday.

N5VHO – Wed, 2010 – 12 – 22 16:28

New Expedition 26 Trio Arrives at Station

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The International Space Station is now fully staffed with a six-member crew. New Expedition 26 crew members Dmitry Kondratyev, Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli entered the International Space Station when the hatches were opened at 6:02 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. They docked to the Rassvet mini-research module at 3:11 p.m.

› Watch the docking video at

N5VHO – Mon, 2010 – 12 – 20 11:18

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