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The NASA Village

Today in the NASA Village… When it’s Time to Capture a Dragon.

Meet the Systems Engineering Simulator. Upon entering the darkened dome one can forget for a moment the actual world isn’t floating overhead. This space can contain a physical Space Station mock-up cupola (like the picture below) an Orion crew station mock-up, or a multi-mission space exploration vehicle mock-up. It is a hybrid of virtual reality and physical structure. Perfect for practicing the rendezvous (approach) and capture. It is in this dome where we are trained to capture the capsules launched from Earth to station that come bearing gifts like food, clothing, and fuel.

So what’s the deal with these visiting cargo vehicles? Where in the world are they coming from and why do they all have different names?

The simple answer is that these cargo-carrying vehicles are a form of currency in the spaceflight world. Building a vehicle and loading it with materials to supply the crew is a part of the international agreement of participation. For the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), their vehicles are the HTV (H-II Transfer Vehicle) and ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle), respectively. ESA’s ATVs have delivered cargo to the station and docked to the Russian segment using their docking system. During Expedition 16, Yuri and I monitored the first approach and docking of the ATV to ISS.  Reminds me a bit of an X wing fighter from Star wars.

Progress is a capsule provided by the Russian Space Agency (RSA).  It is launched on a Soyuz rocket, similar to the Soyuz rockets that launch the astronauts to station. A progress will commonly remain for a few months until the next Progress is about to launch. During this time docked to the station, after unloading all the valuable cargo, the capsule is filled with trash that will burn upon re-entry.

In addition, after Shuttle retirement, the US has purchased additional cargo carriers from Space X and Orbital.  The capsule called Dragon comes from Space X. It is the only capsule that returns to ground, bearing scientific return samples or critical hardware from station.  Cygnus is a capsule launched by Orbital.  

Multiple of these capsules can be mated to the station at the same time.  In the Dome, we practice for the arrival and capture, using the Canadian robotic arm, of HTV, Cygnus and Dragon.

These capsules are essential because they are the lifeline between the astronauts and the Earth. When something happens to a capsule, the crew onboard shares their supplies. However, important items like a lost spacesuit are irreplaceable.

Jeff Tuxhorn, widely known as Tux, was a Shuttle rendezvous trainer and has since become the rendezvous instructor for HTV, Cygnus and Dragon. We have the visual out the window view to illustrate the approaching vehicle (it looks big when it is coming at you!), as well as multiple camera views to monitor during the capture.

During Expedition 5 and 16, I helped install large truss elements that now hold the solar arrays.  We also maneuvered a whole module to “rearrange” our living volume (we had to wait for Shuttle departure to put it in its proper place). At that time we didn’t have any visiting cargo vehicles like these currently resupplying station. And more importantly, there was no cupola when I was last on station, but now I get to enjoy the view from here!

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Hurt (Bucky x Reader) (2/6)

Originally posted by sssmcdlove

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

A/N: Written in the cursive are events from the past

Summary: Reader and Bucky were best friend, even more, but their relationship changes after something horrible happens to the Reader.

Warning:  mentions of rape, cursing, blood, violence, suicide….


You knocked on Bucky’s door.

The noise in his room was getting louder with any minute, like he was throwing things around. Finally, he opened the door surprised when he saw you standing in front of him.

˝Y/N, what are you doing here? ˝

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Old Soviet Methods

(Continued from the ask meme prompt:

“I think he’s dying!” Which was bad, and not the goal. It was so far from the goal it was laughable but he didn’t know what to do about it. He fixed machines, not people, and he didn’t think CPR was going to cut it.)


Bucky looked at the man on the floor, breathing heavily   his skin turning red, then to the remains of the meal they’d shared with the old soviet defector. 

Konatantin Pavlovich had turned out to be an avid cook and had insisted that they join him for dinner before looking at the pictures that they’d come here to see.

Red skin…difficulty breathing. He remembered this….

It was a poison. Not the food they’d all eaten that, but the marzipan…only had eaten that. Almond paste. Almond….

Oh for fuck’s sake.

Someone has a nasty fucking sense of irony, killing a guy who’d been expected to used his cyanide capsule on capture instead of rolling over, and by putting it in almond candy. Old fashioned methods for an old soviet spy.

“Cyanide poisoning. He’s be dead already if he hadn’t just stuffed himself and got distracted by talking cooking before he finished his fucking candy.”

Fuck, fuck fuck….Wait, the darkroom….

“Give him mouth to mouth. That plus the fucking huge meal might give us some time. Jesus fucking Christ.

Bucky ran into the darkroom and flung open a cupboard to look at the chemicals, trying to remember details of a mission that had been erased, but were tickling at his brain. 

Rodinal, prussian blue, ammonium nitrite…. Nitrite, no not that kind… Ammonium thiosulfate. Fuck, not that kind either. Sodium thiosulfate. Yes.

He ran back into the dining room, putting the jar on the table. Kostya was still alive, but he looked worse. 

Fuck, he wasn’t going to have time to sterilize anything.

“He was talking about injecting marinade into the meat. Go find the thing that he used and wash it as well as you can. I also need a big ziploc baggie and a container of clean lukewarm water.”

Without waiting for an answer, Bucky ran out to the car they’d arrived in, opened the hood and ripped out the radiator hose, then went to the glove compartment and pulled out the duct tape, which as crucial.

After stopping only to rinse out the hose from the radiator, he ran back into the dining room. 

Bucky dumped some of the sodium thiosulfate into the water and shot a glance toward Tony. “Stir that until it disolves.” He then assembled his makeshift IV, pulling the plunger out of the marinating injector and taping the hose to it, and then to one corner of the ziploc bag. Handing the bag to Tony, he said, “Put the solution in that and do it up.

Kostya was gasping for air now, and a really bright fucking red.

Bucky rolled up the sleeve of Kostya’s shirt and picked up the huge gauge needled attached to the other end of the hose, then looked at Tony. “Ready?”

"The chemical" sends shockwaves through the blogosphere

A two-word utterance by legendary blogger APJVFF has caused a frenzy among the masses not unlike the Beatles during their prime.

The infectious phrase coined by APJVFF originally began as friendly banter between her and a blogger friend, but has quickly become a phenomenon due to its inherent, irresistible charm.

Her fans began to emulate her shortly after the post circulated, and is showing no signs of dying down. Bloggers quickly utilized this new phrase in text posts and even replies to messages. Bloggers dntdodrugs, public-schooled, and niggasandcomputers are just a few of those who joined the chemical army.

We at APJVFF-News have begun to collect these posts in a pop-up blog as a gift to APJVFF, and to pay homage to her. The first entry is from blogger “niggasandcomputers”, who created a text post using the phrase as the core element. Our idea is that this collection of posts will be a “time capsule” to capture all of her devoted fans’ voices. When asked to comment on this project of ours, APJVFF replied with a simple “Thx =)”.

The Space Station captures a Dragon capsule

The space station has caught a dragon. Specifically, in mid-April, the International Space Station captured the unmanned SpaceX Dragon capsule sent to resupply the orbiting outpost. Pictured above, the station's Canadarm2 had just grabbed the commercial spaceship. The Dragon capsule was filled with over 5000 lbs (2260 kilos) of supplies and experiments to be used by the current band of six ISS astronauts who compose Expedition 39, as well as the six astronauts who compose Expedition 40. After docking with the ISS, the Dragon capsule was unloaded and eventually released, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean on May 18. The current Expedition 40 crew, now complete, will apply themselves to many tasks including the deployment of the Napor-mini RSA experiment which will use phased array radar and a small optical telescope to monitor possible emergency situations on the Earth below.

Image credit: Steve Swanson, Expedition 39 Crew, NASA