Category Archives: Living in Space

Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Apr.9.2021

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

** Soyuz Crew Ship Docks to Station With Expedition 65 Trio – NASA Video

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos docked to the International Space Station at 7:05 a.m. EDT while both spacecraft were flying about 262 miles above northern China.

** NASA Television Video File – Expedition 65 Docking/Hatch Open and Welcome Ceremony – April 9, 2021 – NASA Video

Expedition 65 Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA arrived at the International Space Station April 9, docking their spacecraft to the Rassvet module on the Russian segment of the complex. They completed the three-hour journey after launching earlier in the day in their Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A few hours after docking, Novitskiy, Dubrov and Vande Hei opened hatches between the two spacecraft and were greeted by station Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Kate Rubins, Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

** Astronaut Moments: Mark Vande Hei, Living and Working in Space – NASA Johnson

Mark Vande Hei launched to the International Space Station for the second time on April 9 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch occurs just three days before the 60th anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s launch to become the first human in space and the 40th anniversary of the first launch of NASA’s space shuttle. As members of the Expedition 64/65 crew, Vande Hei and his two Russian crewmates Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov are on deck to work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science, and Earth science. During his previous spaceflight, he accumulated 168 days in space and spent 26 hours and 42 minutes suited up outside of the space station over the course of four spacewalks.

** Expedition 64 Inflight with Rice Space Institute – April 8, 2021NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Mike Hopkins of NASA discussed life and research on board the orbital laboratory during an in-flight educational event April 8 with students from the Rice University Space Institute in Houston. Rubins is in the final week of her six-month mission on the station before she returns to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, while Hopkins is preparing to return to Earth later this month on the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle Resilience.

** Expedition 64 Inflight Houston Sports Authority – April 7, 2021NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Shannon Walker of NASA discussed life and research aboard the orbital laboratory during an in-flight event with the Houston Sports Authority April 7 to mark the World Transplant Games, a global endeavor to highlight transplant technology. Rubins is in the final week of her six-month mission on the station before she returns to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, while Walker is set to assume command of the complex next week for two weeks before she return to Earth later this month on the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle Resilience.

** NLRA 2021-6: In-Space Production Applications: Tissue Engineering and Biomanufacturing – ISS National Lab

On April 8, 2021, the ISS National Lab held a webinar to provide further background on NLRA 2021-6 and to answer any questions.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – April.5.2021

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

** Port Relocation of SpaceX Crew Dragon on the International Space Station – NASA

On Monday, April 5 starting at 6 a.m. EDT, watch the first-ever port relocation for a U.S. commercial spacecraft! Four astronauts will undock their SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” from the International Space Station’s Harmony module forward port, and take a short ride to redock at Harmony’s zenith, or space-facing port.  The autonomous relocation maneuver, taking about 45 minutes, will prepare for the arrival of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts in late April, and the upcoming delivery of new solar arrays this summer. Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will be aboard the spacecraft. 

** The Beauty of Earth immortalized from Space (ISS – International Space Station) Documentaryritm 1 – YouTube

Breathtaking sceneries captured from the International Space Station, as seen through the eyes of NASA astronauts during their months spent there. Each share their unique experiences and the overwhelming impact the first views had on them, while describing in their own words the beauty of Earth from Space. The perspective can be a life changing experience, and most mention the profound realization of the Earth seen as one big living planet, on which everything is interconnected and there are no borders.

** Expedition 64 Inflight Commercial Crew Program With Steve Stich – April 2, 2021 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Mike Hopkins of NASA conducted a question and answer session with Commercial Crew Program Manager Steve Stich of NASA during an in-flight event April 2 marking the 10th anniversary of the initiation of the program. Rubins, who flew to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft last October is in the final weeks of her six-month mission on the station as is Hopkins, who rode on the SpaceX Crew Dragon commercial vehicle “Resilience” to the outpost last November.

** Expedition 64 Celebrating Station Science Inflight – March 30, 2021 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Victor Glover of NASA discussed life and work aboard the complex during an in-flight event March 30 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Payload Operations Integration Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Children and grandchildren of payload controllers responsible for science operations on the station participated in the event. Glover arrived on the station last November aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle “Resilience” and is in the final weeks of his six-month mission on the outpost.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Mar.26.2021

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

** NASA ScienceCasts: Observing Lightning from the International Space Station – ScienceAtNASA

Colorful bursts of energy above thunderstorms called transient luminous events can be observed from the International Space Station. Instruments on the station are helping scientists study these particle outbursts, which may prove useful to better understand our climate, weather, and the behaviors of storms. Space Station Research & Tech: https://www.nasa.gov/iss-science

** Vice President Kamala Harris Calls NASA Astronauts Shannon Walker and Kate Rubins – NASA

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris placed a special phone call to Shannon Walker and Kate Rubins aboard the International Space Station to find out what it’s like to do science in space. During the month of March, NASA celebrates and pays tribute to the many women who have played an essential role in shaping the history of the agency. Learn more about Shannon Walker by visiting: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biogr… Learn more about Kate Rubins by visiting: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biogr…

** Expedition 64 Inflight Event with Discovery Channel – March 26, 2021 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Victor Glover of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) discussed their mission and their upcoming return to Earth aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” during an in-flight interview March 26 with the Discovery Channel. Along with Glover and Noguchi, Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Shannon Walker of NASA launched last November aboard “Resilience” and are in the final weeks of their planned six-month mission, headed for a return to Earth in late April.

** Expedition 65 Vande Hei Live Shots March 23, 2021NASA Video

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei participated in media interviews on March 23, 2021 from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. Vande Hei, along with cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, is scheduled to launch to the space station Friday, April 9, on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This will be his second spaceflight.

** ISS Moon Transit – Photographing the International Space Station.Russell Discombe

In this video I head out with a friend to capture the ISS transiting the moon. I use my Sony a7iii, Sony 200-600mm lens and I discuss the settings used and record the moment that the ISS passes in front of the moon. The International Space Station flies 400 km high at 28,800 km/h (15,500 MPH). It only takes 92 minutes to make a complete circuit of Earth…the ISS goes around the Earth every 92 minutes! Astronauts working and living on the Station experience 16 sunrises and sunsets each day. This image consists of 20 images that were taken within a 2 second window.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & Other ISS reports – Mar.19.2021

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

** Space Station Crew Relocate Soyuz SpacecraftNASA

Watch three residents of the International Space Station fly their spacecraft to a new port on the station, making room for the future arrival of the next set of crew members. Astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos will undock their Soyuz MS-17 from the Earth-facing port of the station’s Rassvet module at 12:38 p.m. EDT, and dock again at the space-facing Poisk docking port at 1:07 p.m. This will be the 15th overall Soyuz port relocation, and the first since August 2019.

** Expedition 64 Inflight with Good Day L A and WBZ TV Boston – March 18, 2021NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Victor Glover of NASA discussed life and research on the orbital laboratory during a pair of in-flight interviews March 18 with Fox 11’s “Good Day L.A.” broadcast and WBZ-TV in Boston. Rubins and Glover are in the final stretch of their respective missions on the station with Rubins scheduled to return to Earth on April 17 on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and Glover scheduled to return from the complex a few days later aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle.

** Expedition 65 Crew News Conference – Mark Vande Hei – March 15, 2021NASA Video

NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei participated in a live news conference at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 15, from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, to discuss his upcoming mission. Vande Hei, along with cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, are scheduled to launch Friday, April 9, on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will serve as flight engineers and members of the Expedition 64/65 crew aboard the International Space Station.

** Spacewalk to Conduct Maintenance Outside the International Space StationNASA

Rise n’ grind – it’s spacewalk time. On March 13, NASA astronauts Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins will set their spacesuits to battery power at 7:30 a.m. EST (12:30 p.m. UTC) to mark the start of a 6.5 hour excursion outside the International Space Station.  This is not the duo’s first rodeo. They’ll be building on system upgrades from their Jan. 27 spacewalk, as well as servicing the station’s cooling system and communications gear.

See also: NASA Astronauts Complete Year’s Fifth Spacewalk at Station – Space Station/NASA Blogs

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Mar.12.2021

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

** This Year The Space Station Is Getting Its First Major Expansion in a Decade – Scott Manley

The last major addition to the International Space Station was in 2011, after that the forced retirment of the Space Shuttle meant that new hardware was necessarily small, but this year we’re seeing a number of new pieces of hardware which will be attached to the station which will expand it and change the way it looks.

** WE ARE RESILIENT: A Message from NASA Astronauts – NASA

It has been one year since the United States began its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. This year has been tough and has changed the way all of us live. And yet despite extraordinary circumstances, NASA still accomplished extraordinary things. Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover have a message for all of us: Take care of each other and we’ll get through this together.

** Expedition 64 Nanoracks – March 10, 2021 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA discussed the new Nanoracks Bishop Airlock on the orbital outpost during an in-flight question and answer session with Nanoracks officials March 10. The airlock was delivered to the station on a SpaceX cargo Dragon vehicle in December and was attached to the Tranquility module by the Canadian-built Canadarm2 robotic arm.

** Spacewalks above, pandemic below – how one ISS crew member experienced 2020 | Aeon Videos

In September 2019, the Swedish-American biologist and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir realised her lifelong dream of travelling to space when she launched from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS), where she would serve as flight engineer for the next seven months. Featuring remarkable footage – including Meir’s euphoric first steps into the ISS and her participation, with fellow astronaut Christina Koch, in the first-ever all-female spacewalk – this short documentary captures scenes from Meir’s roundtrip journey with intimacy and grandeur. Occurring over the course of many tumultuous months on Earth, including the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the film also ponders what it’s like to experience the trials of humanity from 254 miles above.

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