Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams has collected 500 days of dwelling in space over 4 missions as of right now. Williams, who’s scheduled to return to Earth Sept. 6, will break NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s document of 520 days on Aug. 24.
Whereas Williams marked his milestone, he spent a lot of the day researching fluid shifts from the decrease physique to the higher physique brought about my microgravity. The fluid shifts enhance strain on the top and eyes doubtlessly affecting an astronaut’s imaginative and prescient. Cosmonauts OIeg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin assisted Williams throughout experiment operations.
Flight Engineer Kate Rubins continued her preparations for an Aug. 19 spacewalk with Williams to put in a brand new Worldwide Docking Adapter. She labored within the Quest airlock right now gathering instruments and gear the duo will use throughout their 6.5-hour spacewalk. She additionally spent a while with Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi transferring cargo from the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft.