Les 11 astronautes de la station spatiale s’affairent à la recherche, au travail sur les cargaisons et à la préparation des sorties dans l’espace.

Onze membres d'équipage de la station spatiale

L’équipage de 11 membres à bord de la station est composé des sept membres de l’équipage d’Expediton 67 et des quatre membres de l’équipage de la mission Axiom 1. Crédit : NASA

La station spatiale internationale a été très occupée lundi, le laboratoire orbital accueillant 11 membres d’équipage, dont les quatre membres de l’équipage de la mission Axiom 1 (Ax-1). Les astronautes privés et les sept membres de l’équipage Expedition 67 se sont attelés à une multitude de tâches aujourd’hui, comme l’emballage d’un vaisseau cargo américain, la recherche en sciences de la vie et la préparation de deux sorties dans l’espace russes.

;” data-gt-translate-attributes=”[{” attribute=””>NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Kayla Barron swapped cargo in and out of the U.S. Cygnus space freighter today. The duo replenished the station’s galley with food from Cygnus while stowing trash and other discarded items inside the resupply ship ahead of its departure at the end of May. The astronauts were also joined by NASA Commander Tom Marshburn and ESA (European Space Agency) Flight Engineer Matthias Maurer during some of the cargo work.

Maurer spent the majority of Monday setting up hardware for the Transparent Alloys physics study and the AstroPi computer that students can program from Earth to understand the space environment. Marshburn helped the four Ax-1 astronauts get up to speed with space station operations and emergency procedures.

Former NASA astronaut and Ax-1 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria is on his fourth space flight and his first as an Axiom Space astronaut. He partnered with Ax-1 Pilot Larry Connor today exploring how living in microgravity affects cellular aging and cardiac cells. The other two Ax-1 astronauts, Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe, explored DNA sequencing, brain dynamics, the cardiovascular system, and tested holoportation, or transmitting mixed-reality, 360-degree images of humans to space.

Two cosmonauts continue gearing up for a pair of spacewalks later this month to configure the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module for the European Robotic Arm (ERA). Roscosmos Flight Engineers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev had a fitness test, checked their Orlan spacesuits, and installed pressure tanks in the Poisk module as part of standard pre-spacewalk preparations. Russian Flight Engineer Sergey Korsakov set up hardware to assist the spacewalkers during the ERA work outside Nauka.

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