'Working autonomously or via remote control by astronauts, flight controllers or researchers on the ground, the robots are created to complete tasks such as taking inventory, documenting experiments conducted by astronauts with their built-in cameras or working together to move cargo throughout the station.' NASA envisions using the robots from back on Earth to survey parts of the space station and observe various activities happening on board.
She will be part of three expeditions - 59, 60 and 61 - during her current first spaceflight. They are named Astrobees by NASA, and they have the goal of streamlining daily activities for the astronauts. Dr Andrew Morgan will launch to the space station this summer for a nine-month mission - also considerably longer than the usual six months.
The typical stay for astronauts is six months, NASA said.
The primary reason for the schedule shuffling is to free up a seat on a pair of Russian Soyuz spacecraft for the United Arab Emirates' first astronaut, Hazza al-Mansoori.
A private cargo ship brought the makings of an Easter feast to the International Space Station on Friday, along with mice and little flying robots.
Her mission is planned to be just shy of the longest single spaceflight by a NASA astronaut - 340 days, set by former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly during his one-year mission in 2015-16. These opportunities also have demonstrated that there is a significant degree of variability in human response to spaceflight and it's important to determine the acceptable degree of change for both men and women.
Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, died April 15, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. "This will enable successful exploration missions with healthy, performance-ready astronauts". She said it feels awesome having so much extra time in space and "a true honour and a dream come true". "Christina's extended mission will provide additional data for NASA's Human Research Programme and continue to support future missions to the Moon and Mars". More subjects and more diversity are needed, she noted, to better understand the effects of long-term spaceflight as NASA aims to return astronauts to the moon within five years. She's a native of MI, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and physics and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering.