NASA will host a media teleconference today, Thursday, July 29, at 4.30pm EDT to discuss the state of the International Space Station’s activities. The agency’s management from the International Space Station and Commercial Crew programs will provide an update after the landing of a Russian multi-purpose laboratory module known as Science and before NASA’s Boeing Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) on the space station.
After the arrival of the modules and connection to the International Space Station on Thursday at 9:29 a.m., Russian cosmonauts on the space station performed a leak check between Science and the service module. At 12.45pm, the air traffic control team noticed an unplanned firing of Naukas thrusters, causing the station to move out of orientation. The crew has never been and is not in any danger. Earth teams quickly regained posture control and the space station’s motion is stable.
To give the space station team time to continue reviews of the Science module and confirm that the station is ready for the arrival of the Starliners, NASA and Boeing have postponed the launch of the OFT-2 mission, which was the target on Friday, July 30th. the startup team evaluates the next available opportunity.
The sound of the teleconference will be broadcast live online at:
The participants of the meetings are:
- Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator, NASA’s Directorate of Human Research and Operations
- Steve Stich, head of NASA’s commercial program
- Joel Montalbano, program manager for NASA’s International Space Station