Crewmembers Kate Rubins of NASA, Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will spend approximately four months on the orbital complex, returning to Earth in October.
Among the arriving cargo is the first of two international docking adapters, which will allow commercial spacecraft to dock to the station when transporting astronauts in the near future as part of our Commercial Crew Program.
This metallic ring, big enough for astronauts and cargo to fit through represents the first on-orbit element built to the docking measurements that are standardized for all the spacecraft builders across the world.
Experiments launching to the station range from research into the effects of microgravity on the human body, to regulating temperature on spacecraft. Take a look at a few:
A Space-based DNA Sequencer
DNA testing aboard the space station typically requires collecting samples and sending them back to Earth to be analyzed. Our Biomolecule Sequencer Investigation will test a new device that will allow DNA sequencing in space for the first time! The samples in this first test will be DNA from a virus, a bacteria and a mouse.
How big is it? Picture your smartphone…then cut it in half. This miniature device has the potential to identify microbes, diagnose diseases and evaluate crew member health, and even help detect DNA-based life elsewhere in the solar system.
OsteoOmics is an experiment that will investigate the molecular mechanisms that dictate bone loss in microgravity. It does this by examining osteoblasts, which form bone; and osteoclasts, which dissolves bone. New ground-based studies are using magnetic levitation equipment to simulate gravity-related changes. This experiment hopes to validate whether this method accurately simulates the free-fall conditions of microgravity.
Results from this study could lead to better preventative care or therapeutic treatments for people suffering bone loss, both on Earth and in space!
The goal of the Phase Change Material Heat Exchanger (PCM HX) project is to regulate internal spacecraft temperatures. Inside this device, we’re testing the freezing and thawing of material in an attempt to regulate temperature on a spacecraft. This phase-changing material (PCM) can be melted and solidified at certain high heat temperatures to store and release large amounts of energy.
As you know, I have helped my students start a Gay-Straight Alliance at school and I wanted to continue that support into my classroom. This project is to fund a small collection of LGBTQIA books for my classroom library.
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Tonight’s flight profile for SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on the CRS-9 mission will follow a similar trajectory to Orbcomm OG2′s in December. Liftoff from SLC-40 will occur at 12:45am EDT, with landing at LZ-1 9 kilometers to the south around eight minutes later.
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I want to thank the small but loveable community of Battleborn! There’s not many of you out there but you all mean a lot to me! I hope that my content and Roleplays will please everyone and such. Now onward to the thanks and admiration.
People that have been with me through the beginning, post awesome Battleborn content and just deal with my antics.
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My babs who I love (some who have been with me forever)
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station can expect almost 5,000 pounds of new hardware and experiments in two days following Monday’s early-morning liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft.
The launch lit up the skies over Florida’s Atlantic coast at 12:45:29 a.m. EDT as the nine engines of the Falcon rocket ignited to push the stack away from its launch pad and place the Dragon on a course to catch up to the station in two days.
So we begin a sequel of sorts, or the next volume in the anthology, or the following edition of the serial which ends each time with a profoundly anticlimactic non-cliffhanger. Lean, piqued, brains scrambled, routine just having been settled into, and then–and then. But we are back on-line: loading a van, boarding a bus or a plane or a subway, cramming any sense of home and affects both personal and professional into a few square feet, which shall in turn be crammed alongside those of seven others, which then shall be nightly extracted and, a few short hours later, put back in, so that the ritual might endure and the party, or the communion, or the release might lurch into the next city. Ever the next city. The one where someone gets what she needs, someone gets off and someone feels right, is glad, brings her sense of home to the vagabonds and reminds each of them why he and she does what he and she does.
Last time we were together, you and us, it bore mention that touring in Europe is a manifestly more pleasant experience than doing so in this country in which the Society happened to be forged. This remains true. The drives will be longer, the sustenance unprovided for, the alcoholic fuel which drives (most of) the machine largely insufficient and nonexistent, reinstituting Francis and my nightly game of “Who Gets a Shot?”. The singers will have their wine, Mora will scrounge her energy drinks, Young J will run on his fumes, and the rest of us will battle over cans of warm Pabst Blue Ribbon, tournament-style rounds of roshambo or mumbly peg denoting who wins the prize of enjoying more liquid headache. Ray Price’s masterful “Night Life” LP was once referred to as the greatest pre-hangover record ever made. I thought that was worth noting here, do with it what you will.
Regardless, it is silly to complain about this thing we do; it denies the occasional magic and unique beauty of the entire endeavor. The work to be done here, as previously, is to find some resonance with the lives and sensibilities of those who might run their eyes over these words, written in tight quarters or stolen solitary moments. When I am about to embark on one of these voyages, I’m often reminded of the words of a formative influence of mine, my inroad to the Only Band that Matters as well as my inaugural brush with how the political and personal can intersect in protest music, be it punk, reggae, hip hop, folk, country, rock and roll, or soul. At twelve years old, walkman clutched in hand, I’d leaf through the fat booklet that came with the CD compilation of most of Operation Ivy’s work, and nod appreciatively but ignorantly at Jesse Michaels’ inscription within:
“Music is an indirect force for change, because it provides an anchor against human tragedy. In this sense, it works towards a reconciled world. It can also be the direct experience of change. At certain points, during some shows, the reconciled world is already here, at least in that second, at that place.
Those seconds reveal that the momentum that drives a subculture is more important then [sic] any particular band. The momentum is made up of all the people who stay interested, and keep their sense of urgency and hope.”
A bit pie-in-the-sky perhaps, but that’s precisely the point, isn’t it? For twelve year-old me it had a certain resonance, when I began attending the sort of toilet shows Op Ivy played it attained another, when I began playing them myself, yet another. Indirect force for change? Absolutely. People are inspired to wonderful and terrible acts by song. The momentum of those “people who stay interested” is the ultimate lightening in a bottle for both art and activism, and we have friends and loved ones who participate in each and share the frustration of not knowing how to retain it. But then again, we’re lucky: we have you. And you, indeed have us. This could be subtitled the Reconciled World tour, but that sounds unattractively final. Let’s go with the Reconciling World tour.
Let’s lock eyes and get uncomfortable for a few moments these evenings together, let’s in fact bask in that unique discomfiture of knowing there are in fact at least a few likeminded souls who know the difference between the meaningful and the inane, the irreconcilable and the simply unreconciled. Heave ho, ballast dropped, away we go.
TIL that because “diplomatic bags” are protected by international law from being searched, a last-minute shipment of replacement parts for the toilet in the International Space Station was transported in a “diplomatic bag” from Russia to Florida to arrive before liftoff.