Expedition 65 crew open up BEAM module to transfer cargo for return to Earth

According to NASA's blog post, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide opened up the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to transfer some of the stowed hardware into the Cargo Dragon for return to Earth at the end of the month. He was assisted by ESA (European Space Agency) Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet.


Devdiscourse News Desk | California | Updated: 18-09-2021 11:10 IST | Created: 18-09-2021 11:10 IST
Expedition 65 crew open up BEAM module to transfer cargo for return to Earth
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The Expedition 65 crew at the International Space Station on Friday opened up BEAM, the station's first commercial module, and transferred cargo for return to Earth aboard the SpaceX Cargo Dragon resupply ship.

According to NASA's blog post, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide opened up the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module to transfer some of the stowed hardware into the Cargo Dragon for return to Earth at the end of the month. He was assisted by ESA (European Space Agency) Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet.

Meanwhile, Expedition 65 crew members and NASA Flight Engineers Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough practised capturing a cargo craft using a virtual Canadarm2 robotic arm on a computer.

McArthur also checked audio sensors on the Astrobee robotic free-flyers that monitor the orbiting lab's acoustic environment. Kimbrough finalized connections of a new carbon dioxide (CO2) removal device in the U.S. Destiny laboratory module.

On the other hand, Russian space agency Roscosmos Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov continued configuring Russia's Nauka module. He connected ethernet cables and installed a laptop computer inside Russia's new science module, which was launched aboard a Russian Proton-M rocket on July 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked autonomously to the Earth-facing Zvezda port on July 29th, 2021.

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