Launch pad

Your first con­tact with the uni­verse

All About Space - - Contents -

A sun­rise from above the at­mos­phere, an­other suc­cess­ful SpaceX launch and as­tro­bi­ol­o­gists are push­ing harder for the search for extraterrestrial life to be bet­ter funded by NASA

Seen here cruis­ing across the Sun is the much-loved In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS), trav­el­ling at roughly eight kilo­me­tres (five miles) per sec­ond. This didn’t leave much time for the pho­tog­ra­pher to cap­ture the nine frames that were needed to cap­ture the sta­tion’s sil­hou­ette.

On board at the time were just three as­tro­nauts, NASA’s Ser­ena Auñón-Chan­cel­lor, Roscos­mos’ Sergey Prokopyev and com­man­der, ESA’s Alexan­der Gerst. While in Earth or­bit, the com­man­der has helped in­stall a new life-sup­port sys­tem (in­set) - the Ad­vanced Closed Loop Sys­tem (ACLS) will re­cy­cle more car­bon diox­ide into oxy­gen, al­low­ing more room on the sup­ply mis­sions and sav­ing as much as 400 litres of water per year.

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