U.S. rocket with Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft is counting down the time before launch to the International Space Station on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Russian cargo ship Progress 80 completed a two-day mission to deliver the crew of the 66th expedition into space early Thursday.
The Antares rocket is at the Wallops Flight Facility launch site in Virginia, ready to launch the Cygnus cargo spacecraft into orbit on Saturday. He will ascend at 12:40 p.m. EST, bringing out Cygnus, which carries more than 8,300 pounds of station equipment and scientific experiments, in about nine minutes. Once in orbit, Cygnus will deploy its UltraFlex cymbals in the form of cymbals, which will provide power to the device during its journey to the laboratory in orbit.
Despite the busy cargo schedule this week, biomedical science was in full-swing on the station today. Barron joined NASA astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Mark Vande Hei investigating how weightlessness affects visual function. Chari partnered with ESA (European Space Agency) Flight Engineer Matthias Maurer and checked his eyes using medical imaging gear.
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