On October 24, 2017 at 09:45 UTC, the “Kestrel Eye-2M” was launched from the International Space Station. “Kestrel Eye”, also referred to as “Kestrel Eye-2M”, is a small imaging technology demonstration spacecraft project of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) Technical Center (TC) in Huntsville, AL. The satellite was delivered to the ISS by the US “Dragon” CRS-12 unmanned supply spacecraft in August 2017.
On October 20, 2017, American astronauts Randolph Bresnik and Joseph Acaba performed a spacewalk. The astronauts installed a new high definition camera, replaced a degraded camera on a recently attached robot arm grapple fixture, finished lubricating the mechanism and carried out a variety of other tasks. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 49 minutes. This was the fifth spacewalk for Randolph Bresnik and the third for Joseph Acaba.
On October 16, 2017 at 11:04 UTC the Russian “Progress MS-07” unmanned supply spacecraft docked to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was docked to the Russian “Pirs” module. The spacecraft delivered about 2500 kilograms of cargo for the ISS crew.
On October 14, 2017 at 08:46 UTC the “Progress MS-07” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was orbited by the “Soyuz-2.1A” rocket-carrier.
On October 5, 2017, American astronauts Randolph Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei performed a spacewalk. The primary goal of the spacewalk was to replace latching end effector A, or LEE-A, one of two grappling mechanisms on the station’s Canadian-built robot arm. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 6 hours and 55 minutes. This was the third spacewalk for Randolph Bresnik and the first one for Mark Vande Hei.
On September 13, 2017 at 02:55 UTC the Russian "Soyuz MS-06” spacecraft docked with the Russian “Poisk” (MIM-2) module of the International Space Station.
The spacecraft delivered 3 new members of Expedition 53 to the ISS, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin; American astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba. The new comers joined current ISS expedition members – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, American astronaut Randolph Bresnik and Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli.
On September 12, 2017 at 21:17 UTC (on September 13 at 00:17 Moscow time) the Russian “Soyuz MS-06” spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The space vehicle was orbited by the Russian “Soyuz-FG” rocket-carrier. The spacecraft is piloted by 3 cosmonauts: Commander, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin (center); American astronauts Mark Vande Hei (right) and Joseph Acaba (left).
Photo by Russian Cosmonaut training center.
The space vehicle is to dock with the International Space Station at the same day (by Moscow time), September 13. Misurkin, Vande Hei a
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On September 12, 2017 at 15:58 UTC the Chinese “Tianzhou-1” unmanned supply spacecraft completed an express docking with the unoccupied “Tiangong-2” Chinese Space station. This fast docking took 6.5 hours to complete. Previously the rendezvous and docking process took around two days, or 30 orbits.
On September 3, 2017 at 01:22 UTC the Russian “Soyuz MS-04” landing capsule landed safely in Kazakhstan.
photo by NASA
The spacecraft delivered to Earth the 3 members of ISS’s Expedition 52 – Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, American astronauts Jack Fisher and Peggy Whitson. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fisher spent in space 136 days. Peggy Whitson spent in space 290 days. Three other ISS crew members – Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryazansky, American astronaut Randolph Bresnik and It
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