Space botany, cargo arrivals, and autonomous robots: a busy June on the ISS

June 2022 was yet another busy month on the International Space Station (ISS), filled with new spacecraft arrivals, departures, and intriguing research performed by the Expedition 67 crew. The month kicked off with the departure of the Russian Progress MS-18 (also known as 79P) cargo resupply vehicle from the ISS. Progress undocked at 08:03 UTC on June 1 from the aft docking port of the Russian Zvezda module. After its 214-day mission on the ISS, the Expedition 67 crew filled the Progress spacecraft with trash, which burned up with the spacecraft later that day during its reentry over the Pacific Ocean. Following the departure of Progress MS-18, the crew began their daily tasks and planned research. The first task for all seven crew members was to measure each other’s body mass. Next, NASA Crew-4 astronauts and Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, and Jessica Watkins performed lab and life support maintenance. Meanwhile, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti worked on a space botany study and monitored changes in her body for the NutrISS study. Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev studied future piloting and robotic control techniques while fellow cosmonaut Sergey Korsakov performed maintenance on…

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Space botany, cargo arrivals, and autonomous robots: a busy June on the ISS

Updated: July 4, 2022 — 10:26 am