Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – May.27.2022

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Expedition 67 – Space Station Crew Answers Arizona Student Questions – May 27, 2022NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Senator Mark Kelly Friday, May 27, as part of an education event with the Tarwater Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona. Watkins and Cristoforetti are in the midst of a science expedition mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** Boeing Starliner Vehicle Docks to Orbiting OutpostNASA Video

The unpiloted Boeing Starliner spacecraft docked to the International Space Station on May 20 following a launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 19. Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) will remain at the station to complete a series of test objectives before departing the complex on May 25 where it will land at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico. This test flight comes as a precursor to a future crewed Starliner test flight.

** NASA-Boeing Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 Farewell RemarksNASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, the unpiloted Boeing Starliner spacecraft hatch was closed and farewell remarks were given by NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, Jessica Watkins and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti May 24. Starliner is slated to undock from the space station on May 25 after completing a series of test objectives. Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) will land at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico. This test flight comes as a precursor to a future crewed Starliner test flight.

** Boeing CST-100 Starliner Undocks from the International Space Station – May 25, 2022NASA Video

The uncrewed Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station Wednesday, May 25, following a series of planned test objectives while docked to the forward port of the Harmony module of the orbiting outpost. Following undocking, Starliner landed at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico.

** Expedition 67 Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Talks with World Economic Forum – May 25, 2022NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Wednesday, May 25. Cristoforetti launched in April on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom for a science expedition mission to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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The Space Show this week – May.23.2022

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, May. 24, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome Dr. Frances Zhu who will discuss the application of motion capture to building space robots. Check out her website, franceszhu.space/projects, plus this article on motion capture: Motion capture is guiding the next generation of extraterrestrial robots – Robots & Automation – Jan.25.2022.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, May. 25, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): TBD. Check the Upcoming Show Menu at www.thespaceshow.com for updates on scheduling.

3. Friday, May.27, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We welcome back Dr. Matthew Weinzierl with Brendan Rosseau to talk about Harvard’s launch of commercial space courses and more.

4. Sunday, May.29, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome Dr. Will Kinney, University of Buffalo physics professor, to discuss his new book and his most interesting work.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, May.22.2022Ilan Sobel, the CEO of BioHarvest, “was with us to discuss plant cell growth technology in space and why his company is the leading company doing it. Much more was discussed as well.

** Friday, May.20.2022Jordan Noone of Embedded Ventures discussed “Relativity Space, Embedded Ventures and their strategy for supporting early stage space companies, national security, venture capital, foreign influence on U.S. policy and businesses, plus more“.

** Hotel Mars – Wednesday, May.18.2022 – Dr. Jeffrey Foust of Spacenews.com with John Batchelor and Dr. David Livingston gave an update on the SpaceX Starship project, including “possible first flight dates, the FAA and the review going on at the Boca launch site, wildlife preserves and rocket launches, environmental impact reportd and more. Jeff also discussed the FAA position for humans to fly on Starship“.

** Tuesday, May.17.2022James Burk , Executive Director of The Mars Society, talked about “Mars Society objectives and goals, humans to Mars, challenges, Starship and the FAA, food for Mars settlement, MarsVR, student educational outreach and competitions“.

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – May.19.2022

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Watch rendezvous and docking of the Boeing Starliner vehicle with the ISS. Docking set for 7:10 pm EDTBoeing Starliner Proceeding Toward Station Today – Space Station/NASA

[ Update: The docking was successful. Here is a video of highlights of the approach and docking:

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** Blastoff! Boeing Starliner OFT-2 mission launches to space stationVideoFromSpace

An uncrewed Boeing Starliner spacecraft launched the to International Space Station atop an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 19, 2022. The Orbital Flight Test-2 mission lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

** Astronauts Discuss Life Aboard The Space Station with KDVR-TV/KWGN-TV and NBC NewsNASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview May 17 with KDVR-TV/KWGN-TV out of Denver, Colorado and NBC. Lindgren and Watkins are in the midst of a long duration mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** NASA Astronaut Thomas Marshburn Reads “Goodnight Moon” in Space and Mark Vande Hei Answers QuestionsNASA

Watch as astronaut Thomas Marshburn reads out loud from the children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown while floating in microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Also, Astronaut Mark Vande Hei joins Thomas to answer questions sent to them. This video was featured as a part of the Crayola and Harper Kids “Read Along, Draw Along” event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the book’s publication. Astronauts will return to the Moon as part of the Artemis program. Artemis I will be an important step in NASA’s goal to land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon, and establish long-term lunar exploration. This mission will be the first flight test of the integrated Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

** Impact Story: Roll-Out Solar ArraysNASA Video

Rolling Out a Path to Future Space Travel. Standard solar arrays in space can be expensive, heavy, and often very complex to operate. Roll-Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) are an alternative to existing solar array technologies. These arrays are a compact design, more affordable, and offer autonomous capabilities that can enhance a wide spectrum of scientific and commercial missions, from low-Earth orbit all the way to interplanetary travel.

** Can Robots Take Care of Spacecraft? – NASA’s Ames Research Center

NASA’s Integrated System for Autonomous and Adaptive Caretaking, or ISAAC, is advancing new technology for robots to take care of spacecraft. Researchers recently demonstrated the tech aboard the International Space Station using Astrobee, NASA’s free-flying robotic assistants.

** Axiom Mission 1 – The first all-private mission to the ISSAxiom Space

** China Releases Video Showing Tianzhou-4 Moving Toward Tianhe for DockingCCTV Video News Agency

The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Sunday released a video taken from the view of the camera on China’s space station core module Tianhe, showing the Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft was moving toward and docking with the Tianhe core module of the space station.

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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The Space Show this week – May.16.2022

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Tuesday, May. 17, 2022; 7 pm PST (9 pm CST, 10 pm EST): We welcome back James Burk of the Mars Society.

2. Hotel Mars – Wednesday, May. 18, 2022; 1:00 pm PST (3:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm EST): TBD. Check the Upcoming Show Menu at www.thespaceshow.com for updates on scheduling.

3. Friday, May.20, 2022; 9:30-11 am PST (11:30 am-1 pm CST, 12:30-2 pm EST): We talk with Jenna Bryant and Jordan Noone from Embedded Ventures.

4. Sunday, May.22, 2022; 12-1:30 pm PST (2-3:30 pm CST, 3-4:30 pm EST): We welcome BioHarvest to the program with a discussion with their CEO Ilan Sobel. This is a plant cell growth company. They recently announced space experiments growing cannabis in space.

Some recent shows:

** Sunday, May.15.2022 – Open lines program. “Despite an early glitch with the toll free line that got resolved, we had lots of callers and some emails on multiple subjects including Musk, the economy and commercial space, the geo political situation and commercial space and other topics“.

** Friday, May.13.2022 – The Maiden Program for The Space Show New Las Vegas Studio.

Our guests scheduled for this program have, at the last minute, asked to be rescheduled. I will let you know when they will be appearing on TSS. In the meantime, this gives me an opportunity to run through the gear and set up, real time, for the Las Vegas studios. …

** See also:
* The Space Show Archives
* The Space Show Newsletter
* The Space Show Shop

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – May.13.2022

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Watch SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts’ fun ‘spacesuit waltz’ on ISSVideoFromSpace

SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and Matthias Maurer had some fun in their spacesuits on the International Space Station.

** Expedition 67 – Astronaut Jessica Watkins Talks with AccuWeather, KMGH-TV in Colorado- May 13, 2022NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview May 13 with AccuWeather Network and KMGH-TV in Denver, Colorado. Watkins is in the midst of a six-month long mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** See the European Robotic Arm unfolded for 1st time during spacewalk VideoFromSpace

The European Robotic Arm was prepared for use on the International Space Station by Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev during a spacewalk on April 18, 2022.

** Replay! Tianzhou-4 cargo mission launches to Chinese space stationVideoFromSpace

A Long March 7 rocket launched the Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft to the Tiangong space station on May 9, 2022 (May 10 – Beijing Time). Full Story: https://www.space.com/china-launches-…

** Watch Tianzhou-4’s approach & docking to Chinese space stationVideoFromSpace

The Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft docked with the Tiangong space station on May 9, 2022 (May 10 – Beijing Time). Watch the launch: https://www.space.com/china-launches-…

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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