The individuals of Earth weren’t the one ringing within the year 2020 at midnight. 6 explorers in orbit observed the new year’s arrival – and certainly, a new decade – aboard the International Space Station. “Happy New Year from the lower Earth orbit!” NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan posted on Twitter as Earth started the year 2020.
Morgan celebrated the arrival of the 2020s with crewmates Christina Koch and Jessica Meir (each of NASA), Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, and Alexander Skvortsov. Parmitano instructions the crew, generally known as Expedition 60.
Celebrating a brand new year in space is a bit totally different than ringing on Jan. 1 on Earth. For starters, astronauts orbit the Earth 16 occasions a day, which means they see 16 sunrises and sunsets because of the circle the planet every 1.5 hours. Then there is their time zone, which involved the station crew noticed 2020’s arrival earlier than flight fliers at NASA’s Mission Control center in Houston.
“The house station operates on Greenwich Imply Time, or GMT, which means it can solely be 7 pm ET when the continuously orbiting astronauts’ clock strikes midnight to ring within the new 12 months,” NASA officers said in a Twitter statement.
The year 2020 is a notable milestone for the International Space Station. In November, the station will have a good time 20 years of steady operation with a human crew. (The primary station crew Expedition 1 arrived in 2000.)
SpaceX and Boeing are anticipated to start flying astronauts to the station for NASA on industrial spacecraft. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon will fly an in-flight, which was not a crewed abort test in early January as a part of that work.
In the meantime, Christina Koch is on a file-breaking mission to spend almost a year in space (328 days to be actual) and has already set a new record for the single longest spaceflight by a woman. “The journey was actually not solely my very own, I stay in dept to numerous people on the bottom,” Meir mentioned. “Happy New Year to all on (& off) the Earth!”
Meir marked the new year on Twitter with a photograph of her personal launch, as seen by Koch in space in September. The picture, Meir stated, summed up 2019 as her “most extraordinary year but.”