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NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonauts woken to find space station leak – Fox News

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner were woken on Monday night to search for a small leak on the International Space Station.

“Late Monday night, the Expedition 63 crew was awakened by flight controllers to continue troubleshooting a small leak on the International Space Station that appeared to grow in size,” said NASA in a statement released Tuesday. “Ground analysis of the modules tested overnight have isolated the leak location to the main work area of the Zvezda Service Module.”

NASA noted that the leak, which has been investigated for several weeks, poses no immediate danger to the crewmembers.

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Station Commander Cassidy, Ivanishin and Vagner were told to collect data from various locations in the Russian segment of the space station.

“One by one, the crew closed hatches between Zvezda’s aft and forward sections and Zvezda’s passageways to the Pirs Docking Compartment and the Poisk module while using an ultrasonic leak detector to collect data,” NASA said. “Throughout the night, pressure measurements were taken by U.S. and Russian specialists to try to isolate the source of the leak.”

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After completing the checks, the hatches between the U.S. and Russian segments of the space station were opened again and the crew resumed their normal duties.

“The size of the leak identified overnight has since been attributed to a temporary temperature change aboard the station with the overall rate of leak remaining unchanged,” NASA noted.

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Last month, a small leak in the U.S. segment of the orbiting space station resulted in Cassidy briefly joining Ivanishin and Vagner in the Russian Zvezda service module.

Cassidy, a U.S. Navy captain who spent 11 years as a member of the Navy SEALs, launched to the orbiting space lab on April 9, 2020.

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NASA astronaut will vote in 2020 presidential election from space – New York Post

September 27, 2020 | 2:38am

Her vote will be out of this world.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins plans to cast her vote for the 2020 presidential election on the International Space Station — more than 200 miles above the Earth’s surface, according to The Associated Press.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” said Rubins.

“If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

Rubins, who is currently stationed in Star City, Russia, along with two other astronauts, is preparing for her trip into space in October and will complete a six-month stay at the ISS.

She says she won’t let a little thing like low-earth orbit stop her from exercising her right to vote.

“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” she said.  “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

Most United States astronauts live in Houston, where election law lets astronauts vote while floating amongst the stars.

Her vote would be cast securely using an electronic ballot relayed to Mission Control, which will then forward it on to the county clerk.

Back in 2016, both Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their vote from space.

During her six-month tour on the ISS, Rubins will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the continuous human presence in the space station, as well as welcome the second Space X group, who are set to arrive in late October.

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NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station – NBC News

ATLANTA — NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space — more than 200 miles above Earth.

Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk.

“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubins said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

NASA astronauts have voted from space before. Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their votes from the International Space Station.

Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, plans to work on a cardiovascular experiment and conduct research using the space station’s Cold Atom Lab.

While she’s there, she’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of continuous human presence on the space station, and welcome the crew of the second SpaceX commercial crew mission, expected to arrive in late October.

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NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station – The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth.

Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk.

“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubins said. “We consider it an honor to be able to vote from space.”

NASA astronauts have voted from space before. Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their votes from the International Space Station.

Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, plans to work on a cardiovascular experiment and conduct research using the space station’s Cold Atom Lab.

While she’s there, she’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of continuous human presence on the space station, and welcome the crew of the second SpaceX commercial crew mission, expected to arrive in late October.

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NASA Astronaut Jeanette Epps Set to Become First Black Female Crew Member on Space Station – SciTechDaily

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NASA has assigned astronaut Jeanette Epps to NASA’s Boeing Starliner-1 mission, the first operational crewed flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station.

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NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps. Credit: NASA

Epps will join NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for a six-month expedition planned for a launch in 2021 to the orbiting space laboratory. The flight will follow NASA certification after a successful uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 and Crew Flight Test with astronauts.

The spaceflight will be the first for Epps, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1992 from LeMoyne College in her hometown of Syracuse, New York. She completed a master’s degree in science in 1994 and a doctorate in aerospace engineering in 2000, both from the University of Maryland, College Park.

While earning her doctorate, Epps was a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project fellow, authoring several journal and conference articles on her research. After completing graduate school, she worked in a research laboratory for more than two years, co-authoring several patents, before the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruited her. She spent seven years as a CIA technical intelligence officer before her selection as a member of the 2009 astronaut class. 

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NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps. Credit: NASA

NASA assigned Williams and Cassada to the Starliner-1 mission in August 2018. The spaceflight will be the first for Cassada and third for Williams, who spent long-duration stays aboard the space station on Expeditions 14/15 and 32/33.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and to the space station. Commercial transportation to and from the station will provide expanded utility, additional research time and broader opportunities for discovery on the orbital outpost.

For nearly 20 years, the station has served as a critical testbed for NASA to understand and overcome the challenges of long-duration spaceflight. As commercial companies focus on providing human transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit, NASA will concentrate its focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep-space missions.

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Astronaut Doug Hurley tweets pic of American flag from International Space Station – Fox News

Astronaut Doug Hurley tweeted a picture of the American flag as seen from the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, to celebrate the nation’s independence and Fourth of July holiday.

“Wishing everyone in the USA a Happy 4th of July from the @Space_Station,” he tweeted, adding an American flag emoji to the message.

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Hurley, a veteran of Space Shuttle missions, docked into the Space Station in May and boarded the orbiting space lab following the eagerly-anticipated launch of the Demo-2 mission from Kennedy Space Center atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The mission marked the first time astronauts have launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle flight in 2011.

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Hurley also made headlines last month when he gave the command to fire engines for the GEICO 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

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Spacewalk astronaut snaps Crew Dragon photo as possible return date named – Digital Trends

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy on Saturday tweeted a cool shot showing SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station (ISS). The capsule, seen to the right of the picture, looks tiny alongside the enormous space station, but its interior is actually large enough for a human to perform something close to a somersault.

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Cassidy captured the image during Friday’s spacewalk with fellow astronaut Bob Behnken. The outing involved ongoing work to upgrade power systems on the space station, swapping old nickel-hydrogen batteries for new lithium-ion batteries. The batteries store power gathered from the station’s main solar arrays and the new ones will provide an improved and more efficient power capacity for the orbiting outpost.

Cassidy later tweeted a couple of other shots from the spacewalk, one a “space selfie” and another taken shortly after the pair returned to the inside of the ISS.

Astronauts cherish every opportunity to be part of a #spacewalk, and yesterday was no different. @AstroBehnken and I completed the first step in updating the external batteries which are connected to the outboard starboard solar arrays on @Space_Station. pic.twitter.com/hsE0bJld5t

— Chris Cassidy (@Astro_SEAL) June 27, 2020

NASA declared the six-hour spacewalk a success and is now preparing another one for Wednesday, July 1, which will see the completion of the work.

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SpaceX’s capsule made its first-ever crewed launch on May 30, transporting Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS as part of the Demo-2 mission.

NASA said last week it’s currently targeting no earlier than August 2 for the return of the Crew Dragon, along with Behnken and Hurley. The trip home will follow the completion of further testing of the spacecraft during its time docked at the space station.

This includes a habitability test scheduled for July 4. It will involve four of the space station’s astronauts entering the capsule and carrying out everyday activities, as well as emergency procedures, to learn more about how it might perform during future crewed missions with more astronauts aboard. While future NASA missions using the Crew Dragon are likely to involve up to four astronauts, upcoming space tourism trips could see as many as seven people heading to space.

Steve Stich, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, said last week, “We’re learning a lot about the vehicle, [such as] how to manage the systems, heaters, and thermal performance as we go through the changes in the orbit,” adding, “The vehicle’s doing extremely well as we put it through its paces.”

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Former NASA astronaut becomes first woman to reach Earth’s deepest point – CNET

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The first American woman to complete a spacewalk, Kathy Sullivan, aboard the space shuttle.


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The deepest point in Earth’s ocean has been visited by a woman for the first time.

On Sunday, former NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep, almost 6.9 miles (11,000 meters) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, according to EYOS Expeditions. Challenger Deep is considered the deepest point in Earth’s oceans and resides within the Mariana Trench, a mighty, sickle-shaped depression lying about 1,100 miles east of the Philippines. The pressure at the bottom is over 1,000 times the pressure at sea level.

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Sullivan was accompanied by Victor Vescovo, an entrepreneur and deep sea explorer, in the deep sea submersible Limiting Factor. In total, the expedition lasted just under four hours.

The history-making dive was part of the Ring of Fire expedition organized by Caladan Oceanic, a deep-sea exploration company founded by Vescovo. Caladan and Vescovo also oversaw the Five Deeps expedition, which explored the five deepest points on Earth in 2019. The new expedition is expected to provide the first 4K video of the Challenger Deep.   

Upon the pair’s return, EYOS coordinated a call between the duo and the International Space Station, allowing them to discuss their journey with another group of history-making explorers: the US astronauts recently delivered to the ISS by SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

“As a hybrid oceanographer and astronaut this was an extraordinary day, a once in a lifetime day, seeing the moonscape of the Challenger Deep and then comparing notes with my colleagues on the ISS about our remarkable reusable inner-space outer-spacecraft,” she said in a statement

Vescovo funded the new mission and sent a “big congratulations” to Sullivan in a tweet posted Sunday. 

Just back up from Challenger Deep! My co-pilot was Dr. Kathy Sullivan – now the first woman to the bottom of the ocean and a former astronaut as well as NOAA Administrator! Big congratulations to her! This was my 3rd time to the bottom. Well done by the crew, Triton, and EYOS.

— Victor Vescovo (@VictorVescovo) June 7, 2020

The word “challenger” has become a bit of a theme in Sullivan’s expeditions off the surface of the Earth.

She was part of NASA’s historic STS-41-G mission, the sixth flight of the space shuttle Challenger and first to include two women in the crew. On Oct. 11, 1984, she performed a three hour and 29 minute EVA — a spacewalk — the first ever by an American woman. The mission also carried Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Paul Scully-Power, who famously refused to shave his beard


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NASA astronaut Victor Glover explains why sometimes we can’t just stick to space – Space.com

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As Americans took to the streets in protest and NASA astronauts took to the skies on a commercial spacecraft, some space fans had a question: “Can’t we just do space?”

One space fan asked exactly the right person, NASA astronaut Victor Glover. Glover is a former naval aviator and a rookie astronaut scheduled to launch on SpaceX’s first operational crew launch later this summer. He’s also Black and has spent the past few days speaking candidly and kindly on Twitter about social justice.

“Actually no,” Glover wrote on June 6 in response to the person who asked about sticking to space. “Remember who is doing space. People are. As we address extreme weather and pandemic disease, we will understand and overcome racism and bigotry so we can safely and together do space. Thanks for asking.”

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Glover’s comments came at the end of a week of turmoil across the U.S. and served as a bookend of sorts to the previous weekend, when two NASA astronauts made history by launching to orbit aboard a commercial spacecraft, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.

The mission, dubbed Demo-2, on May 30 marked the first human launch from Florida in nearly a decade and was a highly anticipated milestone for NASA. It was a sign of the times that when President Donald Trump spoke after the launch, his comments began not in space but on the streets of Minneapolis.

That city led the nation in showing its pain and anger after police killed yet another Black person for a minor incident. George Floyd, a Black man who lived in Minneapolis, died on May 25. Police suspected him of using a counterfeit $20 bill, and a white officer named Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes as other officers looked on. Chauvin was fired the day after the incident and charged on May 29.

Actually no. Remember who is doing space. People are. As we address extreme weather and pandemic disease, we will understand and overcome racism and bigotry so we can safely and together do space. Thanks for asking. https://t.co/32tFWVMhV1June 6, 2020

The Demo-2 launch played out against this backdrop. Poor weather scrubbed a launch attempt on May 27, but the flight blasted off without incident on May 30 and two NASA astronauts (Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley) docked the commercial capsule at the orbiting laboratory on May 31.

Retired NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, who is also Black, offered live commentary from Kennedy Space Center during both launch attempts. After the launch, Melvin took to Instagram to share his feelings on Floyd’s death. “I could’ve been him,” Melvin said in the video. “This has got to stop.”

(Demo-2 wasn’t the first milestone spaceflight to juxtapose with racial justice. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination was one of the tragedies of 1968 that is frequently contrasted with that year’s successful Apollo 8 flight around the moon; King’s group, the Poor People’s Campaign, demonstrated at the Apollo 11 launch to argue that spaceflight shouldn’t take precedence over fighting poverty.)

Meanwhile, on Earth, turmoil continued. Floyd’s death, added to countless such incidents over the past years, prompted demonstrators to again turn out against racial bias in policing. Cities across the country instituted curfews in an attempt to reduce tension between demonstrators and law enforcement. (Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic, which early data suggests has disproportionately infected and killed Black Americans, continues, with the U.S. reporting nearly 2 million confirmed infections as of June 8.)

1/5 My heart is low, my head is level, and my faith is high. So much to process, if you’re struggling, that’s OK. I see you, I am you. Let’s dialogue. Let’s think. Let’s Work. What can I share that’s soul-stirring, informing, or encouraging you right now?June 5, 2020

The week following the Demo-2 launch saw a spate of statements from space industry and organizations responding to the demonstrations and more generally to the Black Lives Matter movement, which began in 2013 and condemns racism, racial violence and biased policing.

Glover, who began training with the astronaut corps in 2013 and became an active astronaut in 2015, entered the conversation on June 5 in a Twitter thread that opened with sadness and honesty. 

“My heart is low, my head is level, and my faith is high,” Glover wrote. “So much to process, if you’re struggling, that’s OK. I see you, I am you. Let’s dialogue. Let’s think. Let’s Work.” Since that initial tweet thread, Glover has been doing just what he called for, having candid conversations with individual followers like the one who asked to stick to space.

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A demonstrator in Troy, New York, holds a sign listing George Floyd among the names of Black people who have died in high-profile cases.

A demonstrator in Troy, New York, holds a sign listing George Floyd among the names of Black people who have died in high-profile cases.  (Image credit: Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Bill Nye, former television presenter and current CEO of The Planetary Society advocacy group, released a lengthy statement on Twitter. “Despite all the remarkable achievements of humankind, we are failing each other,” he wrote on June 2. “We vow to do our part to fight racism as we help advance space science and exploration for all of Earth’s citizens.”

Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science, spoke out more generally in favor of diversity. “In #NASAScience, we understand the incredible benefits to having a diverse team,” he wrote on June 3. “When people from different backgrounds come together for a common goal, we are able to achieve the impossible.”

In general, active NASA astronauts have kept quiet.

Jessica Meir, who returned from space in April, posted a black square with the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday on June 2, a day some social media users marked by silencing their own posts and focusing instead on amplifying Black voices. New NASA astronaut Zena Cardman, who formally joined the corps in January, shared an anecdote from her workweek on June 3. “Today, during some pre-telecon small talk, I heard a joke belittling those protesting for justice,” she wrote. “I sat gape-mouthed, stunned, instead of speaking up. I feel ashamed. Silent complicity is dangerous. Insidious bias grows without opposition. Open the conversation.”

3/5 Work = Force x Displacement (people x movement x direction&magnitude). If we apply force in every direction, no work gets done, or at least the net sum is zero. We don’t have to agree on every detail, but we need to agree on an end state.June 5, 2020

Historically, NASA astronauts have skewed white and male. Guion Bluford was the first African-American to fly to space, with a shuttle flight in 1983. (In 1967, U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Henry Lawrence Jr. became the first African-American selected as an astronaut when he was tapped for the military’s Manned Orbiting Laboratory program. But Lawrence died in a supersonic plane crash before he could fly.) Fewer than 20 Black people have served in the corps to date.

Currently, NASA’s 48 active astronauts include just 4 Black astronauts: Glover, Jeanette Epps, Jessica Watkins and Stephanie Wilson. Wilson flew on three space shuttle missions, the other three have not yet flown; Epps was briefly assigned to a launch in 2018 but later taken off that mission with no explanation from NASA.

Traditionally, active astronauts don’t tend to speak so candidly about sensitive issues.

Glover followed his initial tweet by comparing social justice to basic physics equations. “Force = Mass x Acceleration (the people x the movement),” one tweet read. “Work = Force x Displacement / (people x movement x direction&magnitude),” read another.

“If we apply force in every direction, no work gets done, or at least the net sum is zero. We don’t have to agree on every detail, but we need to agree on an end state,” Glover wrote later in the thread. “Plenty of history and data to help us clarify where to put our energy. … So, let’s unify, clarify, and work!”

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Astronaut Calls Trump’s ‘Make Space Great Again’ Ad ‘Political Propaganda’ – Newsweek

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