While most federal workers across the U.S. are relishing the national holiday off, the three NASA astronauts (names below) at the orbiting laboratory have only some science tasks on their lists.
- Mark Vande Hei
- Shane Kimbrough
- Megan McArthur
Dan Huot, a NASA representative with the Johnson Space Center in Houston informs on the news.
“Right now, looks like the team has a half-day off on Monday,” Huot says. “As usual, the flight control crew will find a make-up day in the hope to give them time off,” he adds.
Space station astronauts perform hundreds of scientific trials while living and working at the International Space Station. Few experiments involve daily attention which is even on national holidays. The Expedition 65 crew just got a fresh shipment of science gear and other cargo last week. This is with the arrival of SpaceX’s Dargon CRS-23 cargo resupply mission.
Along with bone, plant, and materials science analyses, the astronauts also got a special treat with SpaceX’s cargo shipment: an abundance of ice cream.
There are currently seven international team members living and at work at the orbiting laboratory. Along with the three U.S. astronauts, the Expedition 65 crew includes cosmonauts –
- Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos
- Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide
- French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency
The following crew arrives at the space station on April 9 on the Russian Soyuz MS-18 mission.
- Vande Hei
About two weeks later, the following arrive on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour with the Crew-2 mission –
The Crew Dragon is likely to return to Earth with the same four-person crew in November. Vande Hei and Dubrov are likely to continue at the station until March. Their two seats on the returning Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft next month will be filled by Russian filmmakers Kim Shipenko and Yulia Peresild, who will launch on a two-week task to the ISS on 5th October.