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« Reply #45 on: Mar 18th, 2017, 01:48am »


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« Reply #46 on: Mar 18th, 2017, 11:47am »

Interesting Video Cliff.

On a slightly different tack.

Can you think of any engineering reason that the Space Station could not be sent out to orbit the Moon when it's duty here is over. After all, all the hard work has already been done .

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« Reply #47 on: Mar 23rd, 2017, 11:44am »

Good question Hal. I'll get back to you on that one

Spacewalk Friday 8 a.m. EDT.


Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet will begin the first spacewalk Friday at 8 a.m. EDT. NASA TV will begin live coverage of the 198th spacewalk in support of station assembly and maintenance Friday at 6:30 a.m.

Crew Gears Up for Three Spacewalks as Dragon Heads to Port

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm by Mark Garcia.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2017/03/20/crew-gears-up-for-three-spacewalks-as-dragon-heads-to-port/

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« Reply #48 on: Mar 25th, 2017, 01:11am »

I think sending the ISS to orbit the moon is a great idea, if possible.

Humanity greatly benefits from space exploration for many reasons, but the fundamental benefit is because it allows us to be who we are. We are physical beings born with intellect, and that awareness naturally seeks expansion. Expansion in understanding, and through understanding, we survive. smiley
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« Reply #49 on: Mar 27th, 2017, 2:18pm »

No one knows what to do with the International Space Station

Congress has only approved funding through 2024. What happens then?

By Sara Chodosh
3/27/17

In 2024 the clock will run out on the International Space Station. Maybe. That’s the arbitrary deadline that Congress imposed back in 2014, at which point they'll have to decide whether or not to keep funding the ISS. And yeah, that’s a whole seven years away. But then again...it’s only seven years away.

The ISS takes up half of NASA’s human exploration budget—half of the pile of money allotted for things like sending humans to Mars or to an asteroid. And if they want to push further into space exploration, NASA can’t keep sinking three to four billion dollars a year into the ISS. Not that it’s really their decision. Congress—specifically the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology—decides how much money NASA will get. And because politicians aren’t experts in space travel, they keep holding hearings to discuss what they could possibly do with the ISS in seven years’ time. Let private industry take it over? Let it crash and burn into the South Pacific? Let the program keep running? The latest hearing took place last week.

These are hard questions, in part because people have very different opinions on what’s valuable about NASA, and therefore about whether the ISS is still useful. Maybe you think that NASA should really be about exploration, about pushing the boundaries of what we know and where we can travel. In that case, the ISS might not be your first priority. That’s a huge chunk of the budget that goes toward bringing things back and forth to low Earth orbit instead of venturing to other planets.

On the other hand, part of the way NASA can learn how to send people to other planets is by experimenting on the ISS. It's a micro-gravity environment that’s relatively unshielded by the Earth’s atmosphere, which means scientists of all disciplines can send experiments up to see the effects of space on almost anything. Beer. Plants. Water bears. Heck, we’re still seeing how long-term residency in low gravity affects the human body. And though some politicians in the most recent hearing questioned whether the money that’s already been invested in the ISS has been worth it, the committee doesn't have the best track record when it comes to supporting good science.

We don’t want to fall prey to the sunk cost fallacy, but it does seem a shame to abandon a massive project just after we’ve finished building it. The ISS has had significant upgrades since assembly began in 1998, and it was only in the last few years that the final modules went up.

None of this is to say that the ISS should be funded forever. With the rise of private space travel companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, the ISS could be taken over by industry some day, especially if other companies interested in developing products for use in outer space would pay big bucks to experiment on board. Or maybe Elon Musk will decide he wants to turn it into his own private vacation house. Who can say?

The key here is to actually decide. To take in all the information available, evaluate it, and make a move. Seven years might sound like ages, but it's not a ton of time to make a crucial decision. It’s unlikely that NASA is going to get a budget boost big enough to allow them to pursue all avenues, so this funding question will push the agency down one route or the other. The ball’s in your court, House Science Committee. It's time to make a move.

http://www.popsci.com/future-of-the-international-space-station%20#page-2

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« Reply #50 on: Mar 27th, 2017, 2:55pm »

This may interest you guys.

http://www.space.com/1553-nasa-unveil-plans-send-4-astronauts-moon-2018.html

As for the ISS. I can't think of any reason it couldn't be sent to orbit the moon.

I reason that, as the thing is already built, it seems stupid to destroy it. It shouldn't take much power to move it out of orbit and send it on it's way. And once there a Moon orbit, due to the lower gravity, should be easier on thruster fuel to maintain.

It all seem to make sense to me.

And we are going to have to get used to the idea of constructing and maintaining space structures as we progress. The ISS would make a great first step.

Very handy for nipping down to the Moon's surface and starting the establishment of a Lunar Station.

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« Reply #51 on: Mar 27th, 2017, 3:37pm »

Can ISS be sent to the moon? I can't vouch for this link but I'm sure there are issues in doing so. I'm not a rocket scientist. cheesy

https://www.quora.com/Hypothetically-could-the-ISS-inject-itself-into-lunar-orbit-with-its-current-engines-and-fuel-capacity
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« Reply #52 on: Mar 29th, 2017, 09:55am »

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Watch spacewalk on Thursday

By Eleanor Imster in Human World | Space
March 28, 2017

Two ISS astronauts will be outside the space station beginning about 8 a.m. EDT (12:00 UTC) on March 30. The spacewalk is expected to last about 6.5 hours. Links to live viewing here: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts will conduct a spacewalk on Thursday, March 30, 2017. NASA TV will provide complete coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 UTC). The spacewalk is scheduled to begin about 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC); and last about 6.5 hours.

Thursday’s trip outside the station is the second of three spacewalks scheduled for late March and early April to prepare for the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew spacecraft and upgrade station hardware. The first took place on Friday, March 24, and the third spacewalk is scheduled for Thursday, April 6.

Thursday’s spacewalk will include Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA. Here’s what the two astronauts will be doing, according to a NASA statement:

…reconnecting cables and electrical connections on PMA-3 [Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 – provides the pressurized interface between the station modules and the docking adapter] at its new home on top the Harmony module. They also will install the second of the two upgraded computer relay boxes on the station’s truss and install shields and covers on PMA-3 and the now-vacant common berthing mechanism port on Tranquility.

The three spacewalks are the 198th, 199th and 200th spacewalks in support of space station assembly and maintenance, NASA said.

http://earthsky.org/space/watch-spacewalk-iss-astronaut-march-30-2017?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=d43d1c7354-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-d43d1c7354-394368745&mc_cid=d43d1c7354&mc_eid=9b2daed519
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Watch spacewalk on Thursday

By Eleanor Imster in Human World | Space
March 28, 2017

Two ISS astronauts will be outside the space station beginning about 8 a.m. EDT (12:00 UTC) on March 30. The spacewalk is expected to last about 6.5 hours. Links to live viewing here: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public

Two International Space Station (ISS) astronauts will conduct a spacewalk on Thursday, March 30, 2017. NASA TV will provide complete coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. EDT (1030 UTC). The spacewalk is scheduled to begin about 8 a.m. EDT (1200 UTC); and last about 6.5 hours.

Thursday’s trip outside the station is the second of three spacewalks scheduled for late March and early April to prepare for the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew spacecraft and upgrade station hardware. The first took place on Friday, March 24, and the third spacewalk is scheduled for Thursday, April 6.

Thursday’s spacewalk will include Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA. Here’s what the two astronauts will be doing, according to a NASA statement:

…reconnecting cables and electrical connections on PMA-3 [Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 – provides the pressurized interface between the station modules and the docking adapter] at its new home on top the Harmony module. They also will install the second of the two upgraded computer relay boxes on the station’s truss and install shields and covers on PMA-3 and the now-vacant common berthing mechanism port on Tranquility.

The three spacewalks are the 198th, 199th and 200th spacewalks in support of space station assembly and maintenance, NASA said.

http://earthsky.org/space/watch-spacewalk-iss-astronaut-march-30-2017?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=d43d1c7354-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-d43d1c7354-394368745&mc_cid=d43d1c7354&mc_eid=9b2daed519


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Will it actually protect from micro-meteoroid impacts ? undecided

It's better than nothing I guess.....

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Don't just hang there! Go get it!
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NASA and Orbital ATK's Cygnus Atlas V sending cargo capsule honoring John Glenn to ISS.


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