Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and NASA Flight Engineers Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken of NASA shared their thoughts about the 244th birthday of the United States in a downlink message received from the complex on June 19. Orbiting 260 miles above the Earth, the three American astronauts discussed the challenges facing the nation at this moment in history and the resolve of the nation in forging ahead with human exploration in the name of peaceful cooperation for the benefit of all humanity.
** Live Event with Astronaut Kate Rubins – July 1, 2020
On her first trip to the International Space Station, Kate Rubins became the first person to sequence DNA in space. Find out the plans for her next trip during a live event at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 1. Rubins and two Russian crewmates will launch to the station in October.
** Expedition 63 InFlight event with Various Media – June 29, 2020
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and NASA Flight Engineer Robert Behnken discussed the progress of their mission during a series of in-flight interviews June 29 with the Washington Post, the Associated Press and NBC Nightly News’ “Kids Edition.” Cassidy is in the midst of a six-and-a-half month mission on the orbital outpost, while Behnken is completing a month on orbit after he and NASA crewmate Douglas Hurley launched May 30 on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the “Endeavour” Crew Dragon spacecraft in the first crewed mission in Commercial Crew Program history.
Chris Hansen, NASA EVA Office Manager, presents lessons learned from the EVA 23 incident that occurred on July 16, 2013 onboard the International Space Station. 44 minutes into the ISS EVA, Astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet began filling up with water. As the water level continued to rise it propagated around to the front of his face, which could have resulted in a fatal accident. What followed became the most dangerous EVA incident in US history. The mishap investigation identified many lessons learned that will be presented and can be used to make any hazardous operation safer.
** Expedition 63 InFlight with Late Late Show and NPR Morning Edition – June 24, 2020 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Flight Engineers Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken discussed their historic mission on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to the orbital laboratory during a pair of in-flight interviews June 24 with CBS’ “Late Late Show with James Corden” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Hurley and Behnken arrived on the complex May 31 after launching in Dragon Endeavour atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida – the first launch of American astronauts on an American rocket from American soil to the station since the retirement of the space shuttle in July 2011.
** Why The Docking Adapters On The Space Station Are Shaped Oddly –
There are many docking systems on the International Space Station, reflecting the fact that it’s the product of multiple space programs which combined their space station plans into the ISS. The history of the program has lead to some design choices which seem to be strange, until you look at them in the context of the whole program history. In particular, I often get asked about the pressurized mating adapters at the front of the space station and how the tunnel includes a bend rather than simply going straight through, and of course it’s all because of historical choices. Some further reading on the docking and berthing hardware used on the ISS https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/ca…
** Down to Earth – The Fragile Earth – NASA Johnson
In celebration of the upcoming #SpaceStation20th anniversary, European Space Agency Astronaut Luca Parmitano, who has flown two missions, shares his new awareness of how we are changing and influencing our planet in this this episode of “Down to Earth – The Fragile Earth.”
** Expedition 63 Inflight CBS News, Fox Business, CNN Business – June 16,2020 – NASA
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Flight Engineers Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley of NASA discussed the progress of their mission on the orbital outpost during a series of in-flight interviews June 16 with CBS News, CNN Business News and Fox Business News. Behnken and Hurley launched on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft May 30 and arrived at the station on May 31, marking the first launch of U.S. astronauts on an American spacecraft from American soil to the station since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.
** A Recipe for Cooling Atoms to Almost Absolute Zero – NASA JPL
NASA’s Cold Atom Lab aboard the International Space Station cools atoms down to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, or the temperature at which atoms should stop moving entirely. Nowhere in the universe are there atoms that reach this temperature naturally. But how do scientists accomplish this feat? It’s a three-step process that starts with scientists hitting the atoms with precisely-tuned lasers to slow them down.
The colder atoms are, the slower they move, and the easier they are to study. Ultracold atoms can also form a fifth state of matter, called a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). Learning about the fundamental properties of atoms has laid the foundation for technologies that most of us use every day, such as computers. As the first ultracold atom facility in Earth orbit, Cold Atom Lab is opening up new avenues for investigation. You can learn more about Cold Atom Lab here: https://coldatomlab.jpl.nasa.gov/
** Expedition 63 InFlight Event with ABC and NBC – June 8, 2020
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Flight Engineers Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken of NASA discussed their groundbreaking flight to the orbital outpost on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during a pair of interviews June 8 with ABC News and NBC News. Hurley and Behnken launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket May 30 to the orbital outpost, arriving the next day to join station commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner. It was the first launch of American astronauts on a U.S. rocket from U.S. soil since the retirement of the space shuttle in July 2011.
SpaceX CRS-20 will support a variety of research investigations, including a water droplet formation payload of Delta Faucet’s current H2Okinetic® shower head technology versus the industry-standard use of jet nozzles. H2Okinetic® technology allows better control of droplet size and increases the speed of the drops (fewer water drops are used, but the droplets are larger and are moving faster), which creates a feeling of increased pressure for the end user. The study will evaluate how best to control the output of water droplets to create a better performing shower device that provides an improved experience for the end user while also conserving water and energy. This research overview highlights the future investigation.
On SpaceX CRS-20, adidas, the global apparel company will launch its proprietary Boost shoe technology to investigate the flow of nonuniform foam particles to study the mixing and packing behavior in the absence of gravity. Results will help inform the manufacturing process of adidas Boost shoe soles, which contain polymer particles fused together. This overview video provides background on the investigation.
** NASA Astronauts Ring the Opening Bell for Nasdaq – NASA
A historic bell ringing, 250 miles above Earth. Today we recognized the achievements of our #LaunchAmerica mission with NASA Astronauts Chris Cassidy, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley who rung the captain’s bell onboard the International Space Station to open the day’s trading on June 2. Behnken and Hurley arrived at the station on May 31, a day after becoming the first NASA astronauts to launch on a commercial rocket. The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft marked the return of human launches from U.S. soil to the space station for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011.
** From Space to Earth: NASA and SpaceX Honor Graduates of The Class of 2020 – NASA
When NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley launched to the space station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavor spacecraft, the world was watching. They also took 90,000 people along for the ride in a mosaic of Earth that include photos of Class of 2020 graduates In this video, the crew members talk to Benji Reed, the SpaceX Director of Crew Mission Management, before displaying the graduation mosaic to honor those who graduated this spring during the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about the mission by visiting https://www.nasa.gov/launchamerica/
** A view of the ISS that seems more 3-dimensional than other videos of the station:
Spectacular timelapse of the International Space Station and Earth captured by an approaching Soyuz spacecraft. pic.twitter.com/Dp7Ca343j6