Labor Day 2021 in house: Astronauts take a half-day off from science duties

Area station astronauts have enjoyable with many pints of ice cream that lately arrived on a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. (Picture credit score: Thomas Pesquet/ESA/NASA/Flickr)

NASA astronauts on the Worldwide Area Station will solely get pleasure from a half-day off from work on Labor Day immediately (Sept. 5).

Whereas most federal staff throughout the U.S. are having fun with the nationwide vacation off, the three NASA astronauts on the orbiting laboratory — Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur — have a couple of science duties on their schedules, Dan Huot, a NASA spokesperson with the Johnson Area Middle in Houston, advised

“Proper now seems just like the crew has a half-day off on Monday,” Huot mentioned. “As ordinary, the flight management group will discover a make-up day sooner or later to provide them day without work,” he added. 

Associated: Holidays in house: an astronaut picture album

Astronauts on the Worldwide Area Station pose with a newly put in cargo compartment contained in the Quest airlock, on Aug. 27, 2021. From left to proper: ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. (Picture credit score: Thomas Pesquet/ESA/NASA/Flickr)

Area station astronauts conduct lots of of scientific experiments whereas dwelling and dealing on the Worldwide Area Station, and a few experiments require day by day consideration — even on nationwide holidays. The Expedition 65 crew simply obtained a recent cargo of science gear and different cargo final week with the arrival of SpaceX’s Dargon CRS-23 cargo resupply mission. Together with bone, plant and supplies science investigations, the astronauts additionally obtained a particular deal with with SpaceX’s cargo cargo: loads of ice cream. 

There are at the moment seven worldwide crewmembers dwelling and dealing on the orbiting laboratory. Together with the three U.S. astronauts, the Expedition 65 crew contains cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian house company Roscosmos, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Area Company. 

In photographs: The astronauts of Expedition 65 to the Worldwide Area Station

Vande Hei, Dubrov and Novitskiy arrived on the house station April 9 on the Russian Soyuz MS-18 mission. About two weeks later, Kimbrough, McArthur, Pesquet and Hoshide arrived on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endeavour with the Crew-2 mission. 

The Crew Dragon is predicted to return to Earth with the identical four-person crew in November. Vande Hei and Dubrov are anticipated to stay on the station till March; their two seats on the returning Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft subsequent month might be stuffed by Russian filmmakers Kim Shipenko and Yulia Peresild, who will launch on a two-week mission to the ISS on Oct. 5.

Electronic mail Hanneke Weitering at or comply with her @hannekescience. Comply with us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Fb.

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