Category Archives: Living in Space

Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Oct.16.2020

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

** Down to Earth – A Perfect PlanetNASA Johnson – YouTube

In this episode of Down to Earth, NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan speaks about his spacewalk experiences, and discusses the importance of caring for our home planet. #SpaceStation20th

** Kate Rubins: Science on the Space StationNASA Johnson – YouTube

Kate Rubins is both a scientist and a NASA astronaut. There is no better place to be than the International Space Station for someone with those two occupations. In this video, Kate explains how the space station is the perfect place to conduct research. Free from Earth’s gravity, the orbiting laboratory offers endless opportunities for discovery!

** Expedition 63 Inflight with the Department of Health and Human Services – October 16, 2020 – NASA

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA discussed research on the orbital outpost during an in-flight event Oct. 16 with representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. Cassidy is in the final week of his six-and-a-half month mission on the station while Rubins arrived on the station Oct. 14 for her second six-month mission.

** Expedition 64 Crew Docks to Station to Begin Six-Month Mission – NASA

The Expedition 64 crew has arrived at the station’s Rassvet module docking at 4:48 a.m. EDT inside the Soyuz MS-17 crew ship. More… https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2…

** Hatches Open, Station Crew Expands to Six – NASA

The space station crew expanded to six people today when the Soyuz crew ship hatch opened at 7:07 a.m. EDT just a few hours after the Expedition 64 crew launched from Kazakhstan. More… https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2…

** Space Station Special | Podcasts | Naked Scientists

To celebrate 20 years of people living on the International Space Station, we feature only ISS astronauts in this special edition of Space Boffins. NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott joins Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson and we revisit interviews with Chris Hadfield, Cady Coleman, Scott Kelly, Sergei Krikalev, Luca Parmitano and Michael Foale. Conversations range from space walking to space toilets, science to watercolour painting in space and the future of the ISS. What other podcast on the planet gives you seven astronauts in an hour?

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Oct.9.2020

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

** Rocket Ranch Episode 24: Space LullabyNASA’s Kennedy Space Center

Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity that he recorded while on the International Space Station has over 47 million views. Now retired, the veteran of three spaceflights and first Canadian to walk in space has given a lot of thought to the future of space exploration and what it can mean for all of us. Hear from him now on this episode of the Rocket Ranch.

** NASA Television Video File – Expedition 64 Pre Launch Baikonur Activities – October 8, 2020NASA Video

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the International Space Station’s Expedition 64 crew, Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, Flight Engineers Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA and their backups, Oleg Novitskiy and Petr Dubrov of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA, participated in a variety of activities Sept. 27-Oct. 7 as they prepared for the upcoming mission. Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins are set to launch Oct. 14 from Baikonur in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. The footage includes the crew’s arrival in Baikonur, their Soyuz fit check in the Cosmodrome’s Integration Facility, the ceremonial Cosmonaut Hotel flag-raising ceremony and other training milestones.

** Expedition 63 Astronaut Chris Cassidy speaks with Time Magazine – October 5, 2020NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA discussed his mission and future space exploration during an in-flight event Oct. 6 with TIME Magazine’s “TIME 100 Talks” series. Cassidy is in the final weeks of his six-and-a-half month mission on the station, heading for a return to Earth Oct. 22 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

** Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus 14 Rendezvous and Capture – October 5, 2020NASA Video

Loaded with almost four tons of supplies and scientific experiments, Northrop Grumman’s unpiloted Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station Oct. 5, four days after launching from the Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia atop the company’s Antares rocket. Named the “SS Kalpana Chawla” in honor of the late NASA astronaut who lost her life in the Columbia accident in February 2003, Cygnus was captured by Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA using the station’s Canadian-built robotic arm. Ground controllers then installed Cygnus to the Earth-facing port of the Unity module where it will reside until mid-December.

** How to use the Bathroom in SpaceNASA Johnson

One of the most frequent questions we get about life on Space Station is how to use the toilet…Here’s a quick look at the answer! -Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Oct.2.2020

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

** Expedition 64 Space Station Crew Departs for Kazakh Launch Site – NASA

The International Space Station’s Expedition 64 crew, Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, Flight Engineers Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA and their backups, Oleg Novitskiy and Petr Dubrov of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA, participated in traditional prelaunch ceremonies at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, outside Moscow on Sept. 27. Afterward, they departed for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to complete their training for the launch of Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.

** Oct. 31, 2020: Astronauts to Launch on NASA and SpaceX Crew-1 Mission – NASA

** Crew-1 Dragon Astronauts Discusses Upcoming Mission – NASA

NASA and SpaceX are beginning a regular cadence of missions with astronauts launching on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 is the first crew rotation mission with four astronauts flying on a commercial spacecraft, and the first including an international partner. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are set to launch to the space station on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket. The Crew-1 astronauts named the spacecraft Resilience, highlighting the dedication the teams involved with the mission have displayed and to demonstrate that when we work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve. They named it in honor of their families, colleagues, and fellow citizens. Launch is targeted for Saturday, October 31, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew is scheduled for a long duration stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, conducting science and maintenance. The four astronauts are set to return in spring 2021. After successfully docking, the astronauts of Crew-1 will be welcomed aboard station by NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. For the first time, the space station’s crew will expand to seven people with Expedition 64, increasing the amount of crew time available for research.

** How Do Astronauts Use the Potty in Space?#AskNASA

Hygiene, eating, sleeping — life operates a tad differently when you’re in space. Join NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir as she answers some of our popular questions about living aboard the International Space Station. Jessica explains how the lack of gravity makes everyday activities not so ordinary, from washing your hair in zero gravity to using the bathroom in space. Jessica details how astronauts handle the tricky tasks and offer a sneak peek at the new space toilet planned for NASA’s Artemis program. Celebrating her most notable achievement, Jessica shares her thoughts about her first spacewalk and highlights her role in the first all-woman spacewalk.

** How the Space Station Moves In Orbit Like A Spaceship  – Scott Manley

Many people don’t realise that the International Space Station is also a space ship, able to maneuver in space as required by mission operations. It has thrusters and control moment gyros to control its orientation and adjust its orbit.

** Your Story: Air leak in international space station | No danger to astronauts: NASA – WION

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Sept.25.2020

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

** ISS National Lab Mission Overview: Northrop Grumman CRS-14 – ISS National Lab

Northrop Grumman’s 14th commercial resupply mission (CRS-14) to the International Space Station (ISS)is slated for launch no earlier than September 29 at 10:26 p.m. ET from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The ISS U.S. National Laboratory is sponsoring more than 20 payloads on this mission that will bring value to our nation, and further enable a sustainable market in low Earth orbit. These payloads represent a diverse mix of research and technology development seeking to leverage the unique space-based environment of the orbiting laboratory to push the limits of fundamental and applied science.

** Northrop Grumman’s CRS-14 Mission to the International Space Station: What’s on Board – NASA

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft soon heading to the International Space Station carries thousands of pounds of scientific investigations, technology demonstrations, commercial products, and cargo. The company’s 14th commercial resupply mission is scheduled to launch no earlier than Sept. 29 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The craft’s cargo includes critical materials that support research ranging from cancer therapies to vegetable growth and a commercial product as part of NASA’s goal to achieve a sustainable economy in low-Earth orbit. Learn more here: 14th Cygnus Carries Toilet, Cancer Research, VR Camera to ISS | NASA

** Expedition 64 Crew Final Qualification Training September 23, 2020 – NASA

Expedition 64 Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, Flight Engineers Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA and their backups, Oleg Novitskiy and Petr Dubrov of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA, conducted final qualification training for their upcoming International Space Station mission at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia Sept. 22 and 23. Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins are scheduled to launch on Oct. 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.

** Expedition 64 GCTC Crew News Conference – NASA

** 2020 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Workshop: BiofabricationISS National Lab

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Sept.18.2020

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

** Astronaut Jeanette Epps – First Operational Boeing Crew Mission to ISSSpace Snack

NASA has assigned astronaut Jeanette Epps to NASA’s Boeing Starliner-1 mission, the first operational crewed flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station. Epps will join NASA astronauts Sunita Williams and Josh Cassada for a six-month expedition planned for a launch in 2021 to the orbiting space laboratory. The flight will follow NASA certification after a successful uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 and Crew Flight Test with astronauts. The spaceflight will be the first for Epps, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1992 from LeMoyne College in her hometown of Syracuse, New York. She completed a master’s degree in science in 1994 and a doctorate in aerospace engineering in 2000, both from the University of Maryland, College Park.

** Earth Views from the International Space StationAmericaSpace

The International Space Station’s High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment is an external camera platform located on the Columbus module of the space station. In addition to providing beautiful views of Earth, one of the goals of HDEV is to monitor the longevity and quality of its image sensors in the space environment. HDEV operations began April 30, 2014 and only a single bad pixel has been identified. Credit: NASA

** ISS transit of Mars, September 14, 2020Tom Glenn

The International Space Station (ISS) transits Mars, as captured from San Diego, CA on September 14, 2020 at 05:15:47 PDT (12:15:47 UT). This required being positioned exactly on the line shown in the map in the video, to within less than 100m accuracy on the ground. This is complicated by the fact that the ISS orbit is inherently unstable in low Earth orbit, which causes the predicted ground path to change by small amounts leading up to the event. Even at the time of the event, the best prediction is associated with a small amount of error, on the order of one ISS diameter (~100m). At the time of this image, my telescope was sitting directly on the GPS coordinates of the predicted centerline of the transit, but you can see the center of the ISS was ever so slightly below the disk of Mars. However, it was close enough, and part of the solar arrays appear to touch the planetary disk in one frame. Still images at higher quality are available at the following links https://flic.kr/p/2jH5Dnu https://flic.kr/p/2jH6zRa

** The International Space Station: A Remarkable Feat of Human CooperationMegaprojects

** International Space Station – Episode 55 – 2019 MissionsKevin Gustafson – YouTube

In this episode we review the launches and departures to the International Space Station in 2019. This includes the Soyuz MS-14 test launch, and the record breaking Progress MS-11 and MS-12 fast track rendezvous.

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