Launch pad

Your first con­tact with the uni­verse

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Hubble cap­tures the far­thest star ever seen, Ex­pe­di­tion 55 goes on an un­for­get­table space­walk and a galaxy that has no dark mat­ter is dis­cov­ered by as­tronomers for the very first time.

Hang­ing off the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion, NASA as­tro­naut Drew Feustel is in the mid­dle of in­stalling wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tions an­ten­nae on the sta­tion’s Tran­quil­ity mod­ule. Dur­ing his space­walk with fel­low NASA as­tro­naut Ricky Arnold, which took place dur­ing late March, Feustel took the op­por­tu­nity to re­place a cam­era sys­tem and re­move sus­pect hoses from a cool­ing sys­tem while be­ing safely teth­ered to the Earth-or­bit­ing plat­form through­out the six-hour, ten-minute task.

When all was done and dusted, the as­tro­nauts checked over their space­suits and gave the Quest air­lock – the pres­surised mod­ule which serves as a stowage area for hard­ware and a stag­ing area for crewmem­bers get­ting ready to go into space – a clean.

Ex­pe­di­tion 55 Soyuz Com­man­der Oleg Arte­myev of Roscos­mos and NASA as­tro­nauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel launched into space on 21 March on board a Soyuz MS-08

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