The crew is preparing for the spacewalk and the departure of the dragon this week – Space Station

Cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov is pictured during a spacewalk September 3, 2021, to begin outfitting Russia’s Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.

The Expedition 66 crew prepares for a spacewalk on Wednesday while packing an American supply ship for its departure on Friday. Meanwhile, the International Space Station also hosted a pair of space biology studies exploring exercise and vision.

Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov today finalized preparations for the first spacewalk of 2022 which is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 7 a.m. EST. The duo have completed a review of the procedures they will use during the seven-hour spacewalk to outfit Russia’s new Nauka and Prichal modules. They will be wearing their Russian Orlan spacesuits and exiting the Poisk module airlock at 7 a.m. where their spacewalking gear is staged. NASA TV, on the NASA app and the agency’s website, will broadcast space activities live starting at 6 a.m.

Three NASA astronauts continued to load the SpaceX Cargo Dragon vehicle before it undocks at 10:40 a.m. Friday. Flight engineers Mark Vande Hei and Raja Chari began loading after lunchtime, before the astronaut de NASA Thomas Marshburn only joins them at the end of the day to help organize and secure the cargo.

Marshburn, along with ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, also took part in a training session on the exercise bike located in the American laboratory module Destiny. The duo took turns cycling for an hour each wearing monitors that measured their heart rates for a human research study.

Maurer then joined NASA flight engineer Kayla Barron for the rest of the day inside the Kibo lab pod for a vision survey. The duo conducted the research operations using the Life Science Glovebox to understand how a long-term space mission affects an astronaut’s visual function and to promote eye health on Earth.

Axiom Mission 1, the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, is now aiming to launch on March 31 to account for additional spacecraft preparations and space station traffic. Once aboard the orbiting lab, Axiom Space’s four-person crew will conduct science, outreach, and business activities for eight days before returning to Earth.


Learn more about the station’s activities by following the space station blog, @space station and @ISS_Research on Twitter, as well as the ISS Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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