Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn (left) and Chris Cassidy participate in some in-flight interviews with WCSH-TV in Portland, Maine and Sirius XM’s “Midday Briefing” program in the Japanese Kibo module. Credit: NASA TVThe ISS Progress 51 cargo craft is set to complete its two-day journey to the International Space Station when it docks to the Zvezda service module on Friday at 8:26 a.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage of the Progress docking will begin at 6:30 a.m.
Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn performs a series of telerobotics tests using Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, in the Destiny laboratory. Credit: NASA TVWorking closely with robotics experts on Earth, Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy performed a series of telerobotics tests using Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space. During testing, Marshburn put on telerobotics gear, including a special helmet and gloves that allowed him to command the robot by having it copy his movements. This capability will allow the astronauts to make real-time decisions and control Robonaut’s actions from inside the station. Robonaut was designed with the intention of eventually taking over tasks deemed too dangerous or mundane for astronauts, perhaps even venturing outside the complex.
Commander Chris Hadfield works in the Quest airlock conducting a periodic cleaning of the cooling loops on the U.S. spacesuits. Credit: NASA TVFlight Engineers Roman Romanenko and Pavel Vinogradov completed the refurbishment of the Russian Orlan spacesuits they wore during their spacewalk last Friday. The next Russian spacewalk is scheduled for June 26 and will be conducted by Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin and Expedition 36 Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin.