A little while ago the HTV-6 “Kounotori” spacecraft has been captured by the robotic arm Canadarm2 on the International Space Station, operated by Shane Kimbrough with the assistance of Thomas Pesquet. The Japanese space cargo ship, which blasted off last Friday, carries a huge amount of supplies and experiments. After its capture, it will take a little while before the HTV-6 starts getting moved to its berthing location on the Harmony module.
It was 21.58 UTC when the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, which blasted off last Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, has reached the International Space Station carrying three new crewmembers. Peggy Whitson of NASA, Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of ESA now complete the Expedition 50 crew.
A few hours ago the astronauts Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi and the cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin returned to Earth on the Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft, landed without problems in Kazakhstan. The three of them spent almost four months on the International Space Station, where they arrived on July 8, 2016 as part of Expedition 48.
The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft, launched on October 17, has just reached the International Space Station and was captured by Canadarm2 robotic arm. Astronaut Takuya Onishi, assisted by his colleague Kate Rubins, began the slow maneuver to move the Cygnus until it docked with the Station Harmony node after about two hours.
A little while ago the Soyuz-02 MS spacecraft, which blasted off about two days ago from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, has reached the International Space Station carrying three new crewmembers. Robert Kimbrough of NASA, Andrey Borisenko and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos now complete the Expedition 49 crew.