The seven members Expedition 67 the crew is preparing for a pair of spacewalks scheduled for later this month while ensuring that international space station orbiting the Earth in great shape. Meanwhile, the first private astronaut mission is less than a day away from launch to the orbital lab.
NASA astronaut Raja Chari helps two cosmonauts prepare for two spacewalks scheduled for April to outfit Nauka’s multipurpose laboratory module. Chari shared US spacesuit components, including helmet lights and cameras, with Roscosmos flight engineers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev as they organized their spacewalking tools and configured their Orlan spacesuits. The Russian duo are preparing to leave the space station later this month to equip Nauka with the station’s third robotic arm, the European Robotic Arm.
Artemyev and Matveev started the day with pre-spacewalk muscle exams before checking out their spacesuits located in the Poison module. The duo then took turns during the afternoon to explore how crew members could pilot spacecraft and robots on future planetary missions.
station commander Tom Marshburn and flight engineer Kayla Baronboth from NASA, joined ESA (European Space Agency) flight engineer Matthias Maurer checking water tanks in Tranquility Module and the Permanent multi-purpose module. Marshburn also worked on an experiment demonstrating advanced ways to keep American space suits are cool while Maurer and Barron checked out the components of the station’s advanced resistive exercise machine.
Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergei Korsakov worked on transferring water from the ISS Progress 80 cargo craft to the station. The first spaceflight also contributed to a study exploring how international crews and mission controllers interact on Earth and in space.
Axiom Space’s first private astronaut mission is set to launch aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavor from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:17 a.m. Friday. Ax-1 Commander and former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez – Alegriawith pilot Larry Connor and mission specialists Eytan Stibbe and Mark Pathy, would arrive at the space station at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, docking at the Harmony moduleinto the space-facing port to begin their stay aboard the orbiting laboratory.