U.S. astronaut to spend 11 months in space, set female record

Rodiano Bonacci
Апреля 20, 2019

The cargo consists of 7,600 pounds of crew supplies, hardware and research.

The Cygnus spacecraft was sent aloft via an Antares 230 rocket.

The Northrop Grumman Antares rocket and its unscrewed Cygnus spacecraft launched into the cosmos from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, kicking off a two-day voyage to the space station. This included the NASA-sponsored 3U CubeSat called Student Aerothermal Spectrometer Satellite of IL and Indiana CubeSat (SASSI2) and 60 ThinSats sponsored by Virginia Space Flight Authority.

NASA says that extending the missions of Koch and Morgan will help the scientists to gather more data about the effects of long-duration spaceflight on humans beyond the standard 6-month station expedition.

Normally, astronauts stay on the station for six months. This is the heaviest load that the spacecraft has to deliver to the orbiting laboratory.

NASA TV will also offer live coverage of the capture and docking process on Friday. Previously, cargo had to be put in place about four days prior to the liftoff, making some experiments challenging.

Astrobee operates in automated mode or through remote control.

NASA's new crew assignments were announced earlier today, at which time Koch (pronounced "Cook") learned that she'll be participating in ISS missions 59, 60, and 61.

Another item that is now on board the Cygnus spacecraft is a Bio-Analyzer of the Canadian Space Agency.

A Canada-made instrument will perform on-orbit detection and quantification of cell surface molecules on a per cell and assess soluble molecule concentration in a liquid sample such as blood, saliva, or urine, thus sparing sample freezing and storing, according to NASA.

The Bio-Analyzer only requires a few drops of liquid and completely eliminates the need to freeze samples. These satellites were built by approximately 400 students in grades 4-12, from 70 schools located in nine states.

It is worth noting the main developer of the Antares rocket is U.S. Northrop Grumman corporation.

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