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Gabe Gabrielle gabe at educatemotivate.com
Fri Apr 21 00:32:37 -05 2017


Good morning all,
 Been an amazing week in the space program….I hope you have been following along…the successful launch of the Atlas V on Tuesday, the launch from Russia with two astronauts to the ISS and the docking yesterday...I always wonder how many of you look at these emails, find them useful, and share them with your students…once in a while I get feedback, always so positive… it is good to know they are helpful…the last one I sent, on Monday, I mentioned about a virtual headset that could be used to see the launch….from the launchpad on a 360 degree perspective…my friend Mr Ali, in Trinidad & Tobago, said he used the headset and it was amazing…. this type of feed back is wonderful…and for those who frequently write to say you enjoy them…thank you all….Oh, for those in you US, you will understand…I also got my taxes done on the 18th….. :-) :-) the visit to Jefferson Middle school was great….speaking with 8th graders…thanks to my teacher/swim buddy, Brian, for setting it up...I know so many of you are deep into testing and many other events which keep you so very busy…thank you for all you do…. it is getting late here, I wanted to get this to you this week….wishing you a wonderful day today and a fun filled weekend ahead….we have to remember to always do our best, enjoy everything we do, live in the present, make each day special, let those we care about most know, smile and have fun... Gabe


NASA Space Station Cargo Launches aboard Orbital ATK Resupply Mission
 I was able to watch this from KSC….it was beautiful….
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Orbital ATK’s seventh cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station launched at 11:11 a.m. EDT April 18, 2017, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Credits: NASA TV
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The International Space Station will be capable of dozens of new scientific investigations from NASA and around the world when Orbital ATK's Cygnus spacecraft delivers more than 7,600 pounds of cargo Saturday, April 22. Orbital ATK’s seventh cargo delivery flight to the station launched at 11:11 a.m. EDT Tuesday on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Expedition 51 astronauts Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) and Peggy Whitson of NASA will use the space station’s robotic arm to grapple Cygnus, about 6:05 a.m. Saturday. The spacecraft will remain at the space station until July before its destructive reentry into Earth’s atmosphere, disposing of several thousand pounds of trash. This is the fourth flight of an enhanced Cygnus spacecraft, and the third using the Atlas V launch system. The spacecraft for this mission is named in honor of John Glenn <https://www.orbitalatk.com/news-room/feature-stories/OA7-Mission-Page/Documents/SS_John_Glenn_Bio.pdf>, the first American to orbit Earth. Glenn, who died in December at age 95, was one of NASA's original seven astronauts and a retired U.S. Senator from Ohio. The mission, which is under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services contract, will support dozens of new and existing investigations as Expeditions 51 and 52 contribute to approximately 250 science and research studies. Highlights from the new experiments will include studies on cancer-fighting drugs, crystal growth and atmospheric reentry. In microgravity, cancer cells grow in 3-D, spheroid structures that closely resemble their form in the human body, enabling better tests for drug the efficacy. The ADCs in Microgravity <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2347.html> investigation tests drugs designed as targeted cancer therapies called antibody-drug conjugates, developed by Oncolinx. These conjugates combine an immune-activating drug with antibodies and target only cancer cells, which could potentially increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reduce side-effects. Results from this investigation could help inform treatments for cancer patients and provide insight into how microgravity affects a drug’s performance. The Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules (SUBSA <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/316.html>) investigation originally was operated successfully aboard the station in 2002. Updated software, data acquisition, high definition video and communication interfaces will help advance understanding of the processes involved in semiconductor crystal growth. Investigations such as the CLYC Crystal Growth <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2353.html> experiment will be conducted in the SUBSA Furnace and inserts. High-quality crystals are essential to a variety of applications, and a microgravity environment can produce better quality crystals. CLYC crystals grown aboard station can help researchers understand the exact conditions needed to produce the highest-quality, defect-free crystals. The Thermal Protection Material Flight Test and Reentry Data Collection (RED-Data2 <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2205.html>) investigation studies a new type of recording device that rides alongside a spacecraft as it reenters Earth’s atmosphere, recording data about the extreme conditions it encounters. Scientists, so far, have been unable to monitor those conditions on a large scale, and a better understanding could lead to more accurate spacecraft breakup predictions, better spacecraft designs, and materials capable of better resisting the extreme heat and pressure during the return to Earth. For more than 16 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 1,900 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries. Learn more about Orbital ATK's mission at: https://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk <https://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk> Keep up with the International Space Station, and its research and crews, at: https://www.nasa.gov/station <https://www.nasa.gov/station> Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter: http://instagram.com/iss <http://instagram.com/iss> and http://www.twitter.com/Space_Station <http://www.twitter.com/Space_Station>

Two New Crew Members Arrive at International Space Station 
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The Soyuz MS-04 rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan April 20, 2017, carrying Expedition 51 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA into orbit to begin their four and a half month mission on the International Space Station.
Credits: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
See more launch images on Flickr. <https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/albums/72157679403298083/with/34153871365/>
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Expedition 51 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft for launch April 20, 2017, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Credits: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
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After a six-hour flight, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer <https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fischer-jack.pdf> and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station <http://www.nasa.gov/station> at 9:18 a.m. EDT Thursday where they will continue important scientific research. The two launched aboard a Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:13 a.m. (1:13 p.m. Baikonur time), orbited Earth four times, and docked at the space station. The arrival of Fischer and Yurchikhin increased the station's crew complement to five. The two join Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency). The Expedition 51 <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition51/index.html> crew members will spend more than four months conducting approximately 250 science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.Novitskiy and Pesquet will remain aboard the station until early June. Fischer and Yurchikhin are scheduled to remain aboard the station until September, along with Whitson, whose stay aboard the station was extended into Expedition 52 by an agreement recently signed between NASA and Roscosmos. The expanded Expedition 51 crew soon will conduct new science investigations arriving on Orbital ATK’s seventh NASA-contracted commercial resupply mission Saturday, April 22. Investigations arriving will include an antibody investigation <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2347.html> that could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment and an advanced plant habitat <https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-plant-habitat-will-increase-harvest-on-international-space-station> for studying plant physiology and growth of fresh food in space. Another new investigation bound for the U.S. National Laboratory will look at using magnetized cells and <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1929.html> tools to make it easier to handle cells and cultures, and improve the reproducibility of experiments. Cygnus also is carrying 38 CubeSats, including many built by university students from around the world, as part of the QB50 <https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/2539.html> program. The CubeSats are scheduled to deploy from either the spacecraft or space station in the coming months. Fischer and Whitson are scheduled to take part in the fifth spacewalk of the year on May 12. The pair’s main task will be to replace an avionics box on the starboard truss called an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier, a storage platform. The box houses electrical, and command and data routing equipment for science experiments and replacement hardware stored outside the station. The new avionics box is arriving aboard Orbital ATK’s Cygnus cargo craft on Saturday, April 22. The crew members also are scheduled to receive one Russian Progress resupply mission delivering several tons of food, fuel, supplies and research. For more than 16 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 1,900 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.Follow Jack Fischer on his first space mission at: https://twitter.com/Astro2fish <https://twitter.com/Astro2fish> Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter: http://instagram.com/iss <http://instagram.com/iss>






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