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Missão Cygnus Go para o lançamento de sábado como preparação da tripulação da estação espacial

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Cargueiro Espacial Cygnus

Cargueiro espacial Cygnus. Crédito: NASA

Uma nave de reabastecimento dos EUA está pronta para decolar na manhã de sábado em uma jornada de um dia e meio para reabastecer a Estação Espacial Internacional. Enquanto dois astronautas treinam para sua captura robótica, o restante da tripulação da Expedição 66 se concentrou na manutenção de hardware científico e sistemas de laboratório orbital.

Prevê-se que o clima no Wallops Flight Facility, na Virgínia, seja 75% favorável para o lançamento do cargueiro espacial Cygnus da Northrop Grumman no sábado às 12h40 EST.[{” attribute=””>NASA Flight Engineers Raja Chari and Kayla Barron will be on duty Monday morning observing Cygnus’s arrival from the seven-windowed cupola. Chari will be at the robotics workstation commanding the Canadarm2 robotic arm to capture Cygnus on Monday at 4:35 a.m. when it reaches a distance of about 10 meters from the station. Barron will be monitoring the cargo craft’s systems during its methodical approach and rendezvous.

Astronauts Raja Chari and Kayla Barron Train on Robotics Workstation

Astronauts Raja Chari and Kayla Barron train on the robotics workstation for the capture of the Cygnus space freighter when it arrives on February 21, 2022. Credit: NASA

Following the successful capture of Cygnus, ground controllers will take over the controls of the Canadarm2 and remotely maneuver the vehicle toward the Unity module. Cygnus will then be installed on Unity, where the astronauts will open the hatches shortly afterward and begin unloading over 8,300 pounds of station gear and new science experiments. NASA TV, on the agency’s app and website, will broadcast the launch live beginning Saturday at 12:15 p.m. with rendezvous and capture coverage beginning Monday at 3 a.m.

The crew’s remaining three astronauts and two cosmonauts serviced a variety of station gear, worked on space research, and unpacked a new Russian resupply ship.

NASA Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei worked on the Kibo laboratory module’s water recovery system while NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn replaced components inside the COLBERT treadmill. Astronaut Matthias Maurer of ESA (European Space Agency) checked out wireless gear that downloads biomedical data then moved to radiation detection hardware.

Commander Anton Shkaplerov explored plasma physics that could inform future research methods and spacecraft designs. Roscosmos Flight Engineer worked on Russian communications gear before continuing to unpack cargo from the newly arrived Progress 80 cargo craft.





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