Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Cosmonauts Conduct Russian Spacewalk Outside Space Station – NASA Johnson [Preview animation of the Jan.19th spacewalk.]
Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 66 Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos conducted a spacewalk on Jan. 19 to outfit the Prichal node module for the future arrival of Russian visiting vehicles. Prichal launched in November from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was the 246th spacewalk in support of space station assembly, maintenance and upgrades, the third in Shkaplerov’s career and the fourth for Dubrov.
** See cosmonauts spacewalk outside Space Station’s Nauka module – VideoFromSpace
Expedition 66 Cmdr. Anton Shkaplerov and flight engineer Pyotr Dubrov. The duo hopes to add handrails, antennas, a television camera and docking targets to Pricha module.
** Watch empty container float away from space station after spacewalk toss – VideoFromSpace
An empty container was jettisoned by Russian cosmonauts during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station’s Prichal module on Jan. 19, 2022. [Full Story](https://www.space.com/cosmonauts-spac…)
** NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 Astronaut Jessica Watkins Talks with NBC News – Jan. 21, 2022 – NASA Video
NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins is getting ready to fly to space for the first time as part of the agency’s SpaceX Crew-4 long-duration mission to the International Space Station. Watkins will live and work aboard the space station for about six months where she will conduct science in the space station’s unique microgravity environment and conduct spacewalks.
** Expedition 66 Astronaut Raja Chari Talks with Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa – Jan. 20, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 66 Flight Engineer Raja Chari of NASA answered questions about living and working on the orbital laboratory during an in-flight event on Jan. 20 with Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa Courier. Chari, who was raised in Cedar Falls, is in a planned six-month mission 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.
** Expedition 66 Astronaut Matthias Maurer Talks Life in Space for World Economic Forum -Jan. 20, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 66 flight engineer Mattias Maurer of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 20. Maurer launched in November on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance for a planned six-month science mission to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.
** How the Chinese Space Station Handles Space Debris, A Retrospective Look at 2021 Rounds of Funding – Dongfang Hour
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!
** See also:
- Space Entertainment Enterprise (SEE)
- Space Entertainment Enterprise (S.E.E.)Announces World’s First Entertainment Arena Content Studios in Space, builtby Axiom Space -Micro-Gravity Film, TV, Sport and Entertainment Production and Broadcast Module targeted for launch in 2024 – SEE (pdf)
- Axiom selected to build inflatable microgravity media venue — Axiom Space
- Bigelow Aerospace transfers BEAM space station module to NASA – SpaceNews
- New location, same ASIM – ESA
- Scientific Hardware, Experiments Return on SpaceX-24 Dragon | NASA
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