Another week without an orbital launch, though it was not without notable space events, as early Tuesday, the space station received the cargo-laden Soyuz MS-14 capsule following a dramatic docking port swap for Soyuz MS-13.
On Monday, the same three astronauts that rode up in MS-13 piled back into the vessel and flew it around the ISS, to ensure MS-14’s robotic docking system could target the perfectly functioning KURS beacon at the end of the Zvezda module. Though the blinky autodock on Poisk had foiled FEDOR the Robot, the humans had no trouble docking manually.
26 Aug 2019 0335 UT: Soyuz MS-13 loops around ISS, returns at 0359 (Skvortsov, Parmitano, Morgan aboard)
27 Aug 2019 0308 UT: Soyuz MS-14 docks with ISS on second try
27 Aug 2019 1459 UT: CRS-18 leaves ISS, splashes down in Pacific
27 Aug 2019 2201 UT: Boca Chica Starship 150m test flight
23 Aug 2019: Deep Space Atomic Clock brought online
26 Aug 2019: Koch speaks from ISS on Women’s Equality Day
28 Aug 2019: JWST assembly hits milestone
28 Aug 2019: Helicopter installed on NASA’s next Mars rover
28 Aug 2019: Midwest Express flies again
29 Aug 2019: US Space Command ceremony at White House