SAGE III installed on its new home on the International Space Station
08 March 2017
Just a little more than two weeks after its Feb. 19 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) is now safely installed on the outside of the International Space Station, where it will monitor ozone and aerosols in Earth's upper atmosphere.
In a highly choreographed sequence of events, the station's robotic Canadarm2 removed the instrument payload and its Nadir Viewing Platform (NVP) from the Dragon trunk and installed them on the ExPRESS Logistics Carrier platform. The entire sequence took about four days. The NVP allows SAGE III to face nadir, or down, toward Earth.
Image credit: NASA - The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III on its new home on the International Space Station's ExPRESS Logistics Carrier platform.