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NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan, Crewmates Arrive at Space Station on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

ABOVE VIDEO: A multinational crew of Andrew Morgan, Alexander Skvortsov and Luca Parmitano will launch at 12:28 p.m. EDT to our orbiting laboratory aboard a Soyuz rocket.

(NASA) – Fifty years to the day that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the Moon in a giant leap for humanity, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and two fellow crew members arrived Saturday for their mission aboard the International Space Station, where humans have lived and worked continuously for more than 18 years.

The Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft carrying Morgan, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched at 12:28 p.m. EDT July 20 (9:28 p.m. Kazakhstan time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Their spacecraft docked to the station’s Zvezda service module at 6:48 p.m., after a four-orbit, six-hour flight, and they are scheduled to open hatches and be welcomed aboard the orbiting laboratory at approximately 8:50 p.m.

Their arrival restores the station’s crew complement to six. They join NASA astronauts Nick Hague, Christina Koch and Expedition 60 Commander Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos.

The Soyuz MS-13 carrying Expedition 60 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, flight engineer Drew Morgan of NASA, and flight engineer Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency), launches at 12:28 p.m. EDT (9:28 p.m. Baikonur time) Saturday, July 20, 2019, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (NASA Image)

The Expedition 60 crew will spend more than six months conducting about 250 science investigations in fields such as biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences, and technology development. Work on the unique microgravity laboratory advances scientific knowledge and demonstrates new technologies, making research breakthroughs that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration of the Moon and Mars.

One of those key technology developments will be the arrival and installation of the second docking port for commercial crew spacecraft – SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner. International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3) is set to launch to the station on SpaceX Dragon’s 18th commercial resupply services mission at 6:24 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Coverage of the SpaceX launch will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 6 p.m.

Once the docking port arrives, flight controllers in Houston will use the Canadarm2 robotic arm to extract it from Dragon’s cargo hold and position it over Pressurized Mating Adapter-3, on the space-facing side of the station’s Harmony module.

Hague and Morgan are scheduled to conduct a spacewalk no earlier than mid-August to install the docking port, connect power and data cables, and install a new high-definition camera as part of ongoing upgrades to the station’s external camera system.

Highlights of upcoming investigations the crew will facilitate on the orbiting laboratory in the unique microgravity environment include the growth of moss aboard the station, a platform to attempt successful printing of biological tissues and bio-mining in space.

Parmitano and Skvortsov are scheduled to remain aboard the station with Koch until February 2020, leaving Morgan on station for an extended stay. Hague and Ovchinin are set to return to Earth on Oct. 3.

A global endeavor, more than 230 people from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station, which has hosted more than 2,500 research investigations from researchers in 106 countries.

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Palm Bay Police Seek Arsonist Who Torched Playground Equipment at Twin Lakes Park

POLICE: total loss is estimated at $75,000

Palm Bay police investigators are seeking the arsonist that torched the playground equipment at Twin Lakes Park in the early morning hours of Thursday. Police said that the playground equipment at the park located on Bianca NE was set ablaze around 3 a.m. and completely destroyed. The total loss is estimated at $75,000. Palm Bay police investigators are asking the public with information about this incident to call 321-952-3539. (PBPD image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Palm Bay police investigators are seeking the arsonist that torched the playground equipment at Twin Lakes Park in the early morning hours of Thursday.

Police said that the playground equipment at the park located on Bianca NE was set ablaze around 3 a.m. and completely destroyed.

The total loss is estimated at $75,000.

Palm Bay police investigators are asking the public with information about this incident to call 321-952-3539.

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Vice President Mike Pence Announces Orion Capsule Is Complete From Kennedy Space Center

50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Mission



SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Watch Vice President Mike Pence’s visit and comments at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. 

(FOX NEWS) – Speaking at Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Orion capsule that will take American astronauts back to the Moon is ready.

“The Orion crew capsule for the Artemis mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first mission,” he said.

The Artemis program will land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite. Artemis will also make history by landing the first woman on the Moon.

“America will return to the Moon within the next five years and the next man and the first woman on the Moon will be American astronauts,” he said: “We’re going back.”

“We’re investing in new rockets, new spaceships,” Pence added. “We’re unleashing the burgeoning private space industry.”

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