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New #JSC #NASAIntern blog post: This is going WAY too fast! 

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#JSC #NASAIntern with some of the crew from #ISS #Expedition40 Cosmonaut Max Suraev (Макс Сураев), and Astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman. What an honor
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Some of the cool things we get to play with at Johnson Space Center #JSC #NASAIntern  #NASA  

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Geordi works at NASA in Building 20 #JSC #NASAIntern
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First official pic as a #JSC #NASAIntern #NASA #meatball #NASASocial
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Would really love to sit down with +Chris Hadfield over a bowl of Cheerios and talk about the world. He's awesome!
As the gift of a New Year arrives, I'm looking at how to change myself. Ideas to know more about, habits to adjust, people to encourage.

Life can be so noisy and busy. Deliberately make a moment to stop and reflect on goodness and the future in our world.

Our restless intellect and dissatisfaction with our failures - how to instill a personal necessity to be responsible, and make a change.

That's what I'm thinking about this quiet Sunday morning, looking at my plans for 2015. Joy, satisfaction, accomplishment and maybe even a little grace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPa4tzI4dYU&feature=youtu.be

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A pleasure to listen to Bobak Ferdowsi yesterday. He also stayed and took pictures and signed autographs. What a gracious guy. 
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Make sure you read Samantha's logbook everyday. Great to experience space flight along with her. 
L+19: Logbook

Yesterday Butch and I started to seriously get ready for the arrival of the Dragon resupply vehicle next week.

Butch will be M1 for this capture, meaning that he will have the hands on the controllers of the robotic arm in the final stages. At that point, Dragon will be holding position at the capture point, at a distance of about 10 meters from Station and with its grapple fixture roughly aligned with arm end effector (that’s the “end” of the robotic arm, which has snares that can capture Dragon’s grapple fixture).

After receiving a “GO for capture” from Houston, Butch will fly the arm towards Dragon, compensating any relative movement the vehicle will have to keep the end effector aligned with the grapple fixture and, once on the grapple pin and at the right distance, he will pull the trigger to close the snares and capture Dragon.

While Butch will focus on this, as M2 I will support by “running the procedure” (making sure we don’t miss any step) and by having recovery/response steps ready for any malfunction we might encounter in the different stages, from Dragon misbehaving to issues with our robotic arm.

I will also take care of com with Houston and I will support in the final stages by giving Butch information on remaining distance to cover and closure rates, since he will be fully focused on alignment with the target. I will also send Dragon the “free drift” command, probably around 2 meters: at that point Dragon will stop controlling its own attitude and will keep whatever translation and rotation rates it has. We don’t want to send the command too early, but we’re also not allowed to get closer than 1.5 meters without confirmation that Dragon is in free drift. As you can imagine, we don’t want to make a rigid mechanical connection to a vehicle that is firing thrusters to orient itself: the Station is also actively controlling its attitude all the time and we don’t want Dragon and Station to be fighting each other!

Fortunately, we have a great simulator onboard to practice all this: it’s called ROBOT and it includes hand controllers just like the ones of the real robotic workstation and a big monitor with virtual control panels for cameras, robotic arm and Dragon.

Butch and I had our first scheduled session yesterday: our robotics instructors were running the simulator setup remotely from the ground, observe our work real-time and give us feedback over a privatized space-to-ground channel. Like having them onboard with us! And of course, since you never know what happens, I also get to practice the capture.

Hey, I got so carried away talking to you about Dragon capture that I forgot to mention the science I did yesterday: with the help of Terry and our remote guider Dave on the ground, I took ultrasound images of brachial artery, carotid artery and heart (challenging!) for the experiment CardioOx. I will have several more sessions in the next months, so we’ll have more chances to talk about it.

Have a great weekend!
 
Futura mission website (Italian): Avamposto42
avamposto42.esa.int

#SamLogbook #Futura42  

(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di +AstronautiCAST qui:
http://www.astronautinews.it/tag/logbook

(Trad FR) Traduction en français par +Anne Cpamoa ici:
 https://spacetux.org/cpamoa/category/traductions/logbook-samantha

(Trad ES - Currently not updated) Tradducción en español aquí:
http://www.intervidia.com/category/bitacora
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Be sure to read Samantha's logbook everyday. It's like being there. :)
Logbook: L+2

Here I am, wrapping up my first “regular” day on the International Space Station! In a way, it feels like I arrived here a long time ago: when you discover new things every minute and your mind is absorbing so many experiences and information, it feels like time expands. It’ s hard to believe that we only arrived yesterday morning, launch feels already so far away.

On the other hand, every time I bump into something because of my beginner’s flying skills, or every time I need to ask Butch a question (which is every few minutes), I am reminded that I have only just arrived and I have so much to learn!

Butch, of course, is our veteran crewmember on the non-Russian side of the Station, he’s been up here since September. And, thankfully, he is the paragon of patience. He made it clear from the start that the number 1 rule is: don’t hesitate to ask a question, even if you know you’re asking it for the 15th time!

I’m thankful that I have had the luxury of a rather light schedule for this first day. Mostly, I have done preparation work for upcoming experiments. Later this week Sasha, Elena and I will install the experiment Plasma Kristall 4 (PK4) in Columbus, and for that I had to do some cleanup and stowage reconfiguration. In itself an easy task, but quite challenging when you just got to space and you’re not yet in perfect control of your body, let alone of five big bags you have to somehow manage while accessing a particular locker. Finding a particular item in a bag, then, can also be challenging, if that bag is also full of other small items you’re not interested in, but who simply refuse to stay inside.

In addition to the PK4-related tasks, I was also scheduled to do preparation work for the Italian Space Agency Experiment “ Blind & Imagined”: I gathered all the necessary equipment and temp-stowed in the Japanese Laboratory JEM, where the experiment will take place, and I routed some cables.

I also got to do some self-study (we call it onboard training) to operate the 3D printer demonstrator that is onboard; since this study session was on my schedule, I expect I will get to work with the 3D printer soon!

As for flying: it’s a lot of fun, but not so easy! Especially the US Lab (Destiny) is challenging, because the rack fronts are full of equipments that a clumsy flyer like me could potentially damage.

But hey, this evening I already felt a lot more confident than this morning, so hopefully soon I’ll be a proficient flyer. One thing it’s sure: it’s a great feeling!

Futura mission website (Italian): Avamposto42
avamposto42.esa.int

#SamLogBook   #Futura42 

(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di +AstronautiCAST qui:
http://www.astronautinews.it/tag/logbook

(Trad FR) Traduction en français par +Anne Cpamoa ici:
 https://spacetux.org/cpamoa/category/traductions/logbook-samantha

(Trad ES - Currently not updated) Tradducción en español aquí:
http://www.intervidia.com/category/bitacora
 
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