Current ISS Crew. Expedition 65: Pyotr Dubrov. Shane Kimbrough, KE5HOD. Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG. Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI. Mark Vande Hei, KG5GNP. The new pricing policy charges $5.2 million per person for ISS crew time to support a private astronaut mission, and $4.8 million per mission for integration and basic services, such as mission. Prior to that, two American astronauts made a test mission to the ISS in May and stayed for two months. That was the first launch to the ISS from US soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program.
Four International Space Station astronauts will be at the helm of a first-time operation for SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft on Monday when they undock and change ports to make room for future missions.
Astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi, who flew from Kennedy Space Center to the ISS on the Crew-1 mission in November, will re-enter their spacecraft early Monday. Their Crew Dragon is nicknamed Resilience.
At 6:29 a.m. Eastern time, Resilience will undock from the station's forward port on the Harmony module, then reposition itself and dock with the same module's space-facing port. The operation should take about 45 minutes and will be webcast at floridatoday.com/space starting at 6 a.m. Eastern.
The port-to-port move will make room for the next team of four astronauts flying SpaceX's Crew-2 mission, now slated to launch from pad 39A at 6:11 a.m. April 22. NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide, and European astronaut Thomas Pesquet will dock with Harmony's newly vacant forward port.
Iss Astronauts And Figit Spinner© NASA The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule used for the Crew-1 mission, named Resilience, is seen attached to the International Space Station's Harmony module.
Crew-2's Dragon is nicknamed Endeavour and will stay attached to the forward port after Crew-1 astronauts depart in late April or early May.
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The game of Dragon-hosted musical chairs means Harmony's space-facing port will remain free after Crew-1's splashdown. It's a necessary arrangement because the next cargo-only Dragon mission, currently slated for early June, will take new solar arrays to the ISS that can only be removed from the spacecraft using the station's 58-foot robotic arm. The arm cannot reach the Harmony module's other ports for the solar array operation.
The new arrays are designed to replace aging power hardware on the ISS, which is seeing some expected signs of degradation. Designed to work atop the original panels, the new Boeing-built arrays will be delivered over the course of three Cargo Dragon flights and should bring the ISS back to full power.
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The International Space Station (ISS) took 10 years and more than 30 missions to assemble. It is the result of unprecedented scientific and engineering collaboration among five space agencies representing 15 countries. The space station is approximately the size of a football field: a 460-ton, permanently crewed platform orbiting 250 miles above Earth. It is about four times as large as the Russian space station Mir and five times as large as the U.S. Skylab.
Female Iss Astronauts
The idea of a space station was once science fiction, existing only in the imagination until it became clear in the 1940s that construction of such a structure might be attainable by our nation. As the Space Age began in the 1950s, designs of “space planes” and stations dominated popular media. The first rudimentary station was created in 1969 by the linking of two Russian Soyuz vehicles in space, followed by other stations and developments in space technology until construction began on the ISS in 1998, aided by the first reusable spacecraft ever developed: the American shuttles.
Until recently, U.S. research space onboard the ISS had been reserved for mostly government initiatives, but new opportunities for commercial and academic use of the ISS are now available, facilitated by the ISS National Lab.
ISS Historical Timeline
Reagan directs NASA to build the ISS
January 25, 1984
President Ronald Reagan's State of the Union Address directs NASA to build an international space station within the next 10 years.
First ISS Segment Launches
November 20, 1998
The first segment of the ISS launches: a Russian proton rocket named Zarya ('sunrise').
First U.S.-built component launches
December 4, 1998
Unity, the first U.S.-built component of the International Space Station launches—the first Space Shuttle mission dedicated to assembly of the station.
First Crew to Reside on Station
November 2, 2000
Astronaut Bill Shepherd and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev become the first crew to reside onboard the station, staying several months.
U.S. Lab Module Added
February 7, 2001
Destiny, the U.S. Laboratory module, becomes part of the station. Destiny continues to be the primary research laboratory for U.S. payloads.
U.S. Lab Module Recognized as Newest U.S. National Laboratory
Congress designates the U.S. portion of the ISS as the nation's newest national laboratory to maximize its use for other U.S. government agencies and for academic and private institutions.
European Lab Joins the ISS
February 7, 2008
The European Space Agency’s Columbus Laboratory becomes part of the station.
Japanese Lab Joins the ISS
March 11, 2008
The first Japanese Kibo laboratory module becomes part of the station.
ISS 10-Year Anniversary
November 2, 2010
The ISS celebrates its 10-year anniversary of continuous human occupation. Since Expedition 1 in the fall of 2000, 202 people had visited the station.
NASA Issues Cooperative Agreement
February 14, 2011
NASA issues a cooperative agreement notice for a management partner.
NASA Selects the ISS National Lab
July 13, 2011
NASA selects the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to manage the ISS National Lab.
The First ISS National Lab Research Flight
Proteins can be grown as crystals in space with nearly perfect three-dimensional structures useful for the development of new drugs. The ISS National Lab's protein crystal growth (PCG) series of flights began in 2013, allowing researchers to utilize the unique environment of the ISS.