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NASA : American, Russian and Briton Join International Space Station Crew .- Expedición de :Americano, ruso y británico unidos a la Estación Espacial Internacional

Hola amigos: A VUELO DE UN QUINDE EL BLOG., Las escotillas entre la estación espacial internacional y una nave espacial Soyuz llegar abrieron a las 14:58 EST Martes, señalando la llegada de tres nuevos miembros de la tripulación, incluidos astronauta de la NASA Tim Kopra. Ellos se unirán a otros residentes en la estación para continuar la investigación importante que avanza el viaje de la NASA a Marte, mientras que hace descubrimientos que pueden beneficiar a toda la humanidad.
Kopra, Agencia Espacial Federal Rusa (Roscosmos) cosmonauta Yuri Malenchenko y la ESA (Agencia Espacial Europea) astronauta Tim Peake lanzado desde el cosmódromo de Baikonur en Kazajstán a las 6:03 am (17:03 en Baikonur) y, después de que orbita la Tierra en cuatro ocasiones, atracado manualmente a la estación a las 24:33
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Expedition 46 Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA
In pre-flight quarantine, Expedition 46 Flight Engineer Tim Kopra of NASA answers media questions from behind glass during a press conference Dec. 14, 2015 at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Credits: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Three men in Sokol launch suits wave while standing on stairs leading up to Soyuz capsule
Expedition 46 Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (top) and Flight Engineers Tim Kopra of NASA (center) and Tim Peake of ESA (bottom) wave farewell prior to boarding the Soyuz TMA-19M rocket for launch on Dec. 15, 2015 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Credits: NASA/Joel Kowsky
Hatches between the International Space Station and an arriving Soyuz spacecraft opened at 2:58 p.m. EST Tuesday, signaling the arrival of three new crew members, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra. They will join other residents on the station to continue important research that advances NASA's journey to Mars, while making discoveries that can benefit all of humanity.

Kopra, Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Tim Peake launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:03 a.m. (5:03 p.m. in Baikonur) and, after orbiting Earth four times, manually docked to the station at 12:33 p.m.

The arrival of Kopra, Malenchenko and Peake returns the station's crew complement to six. The three join Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly of NASA and Flight Engineers Sergey Volkov and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos. During more than five months on humanity’s only microgravity laboratory, the Expedition 46 crew members will conduct more than 250 science investigation in fields including biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development.

Kopra, Malenchenko and Peake will remain aboard the station until early June 2016. Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth at the conclusion of their one-year mission on March 1, 2016, along with Volkov. The pair will have spent 340 consecutive days living and working in space to advance understanding of the medical, psychological and biomedical challenges astronauts face during long duration spaceflight, in addition to developing countermeasures to reverse those effects.

Ongoing station research also includes the Microbial Payload Tracking Series project, which uses microbial analysis techniques to establish a census of the microorganisms living on surfaces and in the atmosphere of the space station. Along with crew members and experimental payloads, the space station is home to a variety of microbes, which are a cleaning nuisance and potentially threatening to crew health and station equipment. Analyzing these microbes can help determine whether some are more virulent in space, and which genetic changes might be involved in this response. Results from the investigation can be used to evaluate cleaning strategies, and to mitigate microbe-related risks to crew health and spacecraft system performance.

The crew members are scheduled to receive several cargo spacecraft -- including multiple U.S. commercial resupply vehicles from SpaceX and Orbital ATK -- each delivering tons of food, fuel, supplies and research.

SpaceX will deliver on its eighth commercial resupply services mission an important technology project that could help drive future exploration. Developed under a public-private partnership, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is an expandable habitat technology demonstration for the International Space Station. Expandable habitats can greatly decrease the amount of transport volume for future space missions, weighing less and taking up less room on a rocket. These habitats have the potential to provide a comfortable area for astronauts to live and work, as well as a varying degree of protection from solar and cosmic radiation, space debris and other elements of the space environment. Highly reliable habitation systems will be essential to keep future crews healthy and productive in the deep-space environment during missions in lunar orbit where the systems will be validated for future missions to Mars that could last as long as 1,100 days. 

For 15 years, humans have been living continuously aboard the station to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that also will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A truly global endeavor, more than 200 people from 15 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 1,700 research investigations from researchers in more than 80 countries.

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Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington
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stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov

Dan Huot
Johnson Space Center, Houston
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daniel.g.huot@nasa.gov
Last Updated: Dec. 15, 2015
Editor: Karen Northon
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Guillermo Gonzalo Sánchez Achutegui
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