The crew of Expedition 65 opens the BEAM module to transfer the cargo to return to Earth
On Friday, the Expedition 65 crew at the International Space Station opened BEAM, the station’s first commercial module, and transferred the cargo back to Earth aboard the SpaceX Cargo Dragon supply vessel.
According to the NASA blog, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide opened the Bigelow expandable activity module to transfer some of the material stowed in the Cargo Dragon for return to Earth at the end of the month. He was assisted by ESA (European Space Agency) flight engineer Thomas Pesquet.
BEAM, of @BigelowSpace, was opened today for freight work, as the crew of the Exp 65 also worked on robotics, eye checks and survival gear. https://t.co/VT74EHni7X
– International Space Station (@Space_Station) September 17, 2021
Meanwhile, Expedition 65 crew and NASA flight engineers Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough trained to capture a freighter using a Canadarm2 virtual robotic arm on a computer. .
McArthur also checked the audio sensors on the Astrobee robotic free-flyers that monitor the acoustic environment of the orbiting laboratory. Kimbrough has finalized the connections of a new carbon dioxide (CO2) removal device in the US laboratory module Destiny.
On the other hand, the flight engineer of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Pyotr Dubrovnik, continued with the configuration of the Russian module Nauka. He connected Ethernet cables and installed a laptop inside the new Russian science module, which was launched aboard a Russian Proton-M rocket on July 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked autonomously at Zvezda port facing Earth on July 29, 2021.