NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will solely take pleasure in a half-day off from work on Labor Day right this moment (Sept. 5).
While most federal employees throughout the U.S. are having fun with the nationwide vacation off, the three NASA astronauts on the orbiting laboratory — Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur — have just a few science duties on their schedules, Dan Huot, a NASA spokesperson with the Johnson Space Center in Houston, instructed Space.com.
“Right now looks like the crew has a half-day off on Monday,” Huot stated. “As usual, the flight control team will find a make-up day in the future to give them time off,” he added.
Space station astronauts conduct a whole bunch of scientific experiments whereas dwelling and dealing on the International Space Station, and a few experiments require each day consideration — even on nationwide holidays. The Expedition 65 crew simply obtained a recent cargo of science gear and different cargo final week with the arrival of SpaceX’s Dargon CRS-23 cargo resupply mission. Along with bone, plant and supplies science investigations, the astronauts additionally obtained a particular deal with with SpaceX’s cargo cargo: plenty of ice cream.
There are at the moment seven worldwide crewmembers dwelling and dealing on the orbiting laboratory. Along with the three U.S. astronauts, the Expedition 65 crew consists of cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space company Roscosmos, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency.
Vande Hei, Dubrov and Novitskiy arrived on the space station April 9 on the Russian Soyuz MS-18 mission. About two weeks later, Kimbrough, McArthur, Pesquet and Hoshide arrived on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour with the Crew-2 mission.
The Crew Dragon is anticipated to return to Earth with the identical four-person crew in November. Vande Hei and Dubrov are anticipated to stay on the station till March; their two seats on the returning Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft subsequent month can be stuffed by Russian filmmakers Kim Shipenko and Yulia Peresild, who will launch on a two-week mission to the ISS on Oct. 5.