Cloudy skies for Nasa astronauts as they embark on a month-long mission to capture and analyze data from space
Cloudy, cloudy skies for astronauts on a mission to collect data from the International Space Station (ISS) are expected to prevail this week.
“A lot of people are looking at the space station,” said ISS Expedition 44 commander, Expedition 44 Commander, Michael Hopkins, on Wednesday, as the crew prepares for their second spacewalk of the year.
“It’s really good.
We’re not going to get much rain, but we’ll be okay.
We have a good team, good attitude and a good attitude with the weather.”
The ISS mission, which will last for more than a month, is designed to capture images of Earth and the Moon from orbit, and analyze the data that will then be transmitted back to Earth.
In a bid to minimize the risk of meteorite impacts, the crew will use the ISS as a “hot bed” during the mission, Hopkins said.
“We want to be there for the whole month.”
After an extensive preparation, including an intensive physical and psychological training, the astronauts will begin their mission on Saturday, when they will descend to the bottom of the space shuttle Atlantis on an unmanned suborbital flight.
They will spend the next two days collecting data and taking photographs of Earth from the ground, and the next day, they will fly back to the ISS.
After completing their mission, the spacecraft will return to Earth and will dock with the orbiting laboratory in orbit, before the astronauts return to the orbiting outpost.
The International Space Industries (ISSI) company, which has been contracted by NASA to provide the spacecraft, has been using a robotic arm to remove a small piece of the ISS from the vehicle, which is currently being operated by a team of engineers from NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
The arm will be moved into position on Saturday morning and then be attached to the arm and used to bring the ISS back to earth, Hopkins told reporters on Wednesday.
After a two-day countdown, the arm will deploy on a robotic spacecraft on Friday, and then it will be attached by cable to the spacecraft, Hopkins added.
The ISS is scheduled to be launched on April 20 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.