“Hello, ISS? This is Huntsville.”
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Making a phone call has never been easier. It’s certainly not rocket science.
That is, unless, you’re calling the International Space Station from the science command post at Marshall Space Flight Center.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden placed just such a call Tuesday morning.
At 11:30 a.m., Bolden was connected with space station Expedition 41 Flight Engineers Barry E. “Butch” Wilmore and Gregory Reid Wiseman.
Wiseman has been living and working on the orbiting laboratory for five months and is scheduled to return in a few weeks. Wilmore arrived at the ISS in September and will assume command next month.
The call came during Bolden’s visit to NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center at MSFC.
According to NASA, “the Marshall Payload Operations Integration Center allows researchers around the world to perform cutting-edge science in space by providing communications between investigators and the astronauts in orbit.”
The payload operations team has helped conduct more than 1,500 science investigations and student experiments from 82 countries.
During his visit, Bolden announced the ISS crew will become even more integrated.
Beginning next week, participating countries will have access to each other’s projects. Crew members will also be allowed to work on projects that originate outside their home countries.