Category Archives: Living in Space

Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Sept.24.2021

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

** Spacewalk season timelapse, episode 4European Space Agency, ESA

Timelapse video made during ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s second mission to the International Space Station, “Alpha”. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide performed a spacewalk on 12 September 2021 to prepare for the installation of a new solar array on the International Space Station. The new solar arrays, called IROSA or ISS Roll-Out Solar Array, are being gradually installed over the existing arrays to boost the International Space Station’s power system. Thomas and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough prepared and installed two IROSA solar panels across three spacewalk in June. The arrays were taken from their storage area outside the Space Station and passed from spacewalker to spacewalker to the worksite. There the rolled arrays were secured, unfolded, connected and then unfurled.

** Node 1 | Space Station 360 (in French with English subtitles available) – ESAEuropean Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – episode five is NASA’s Node-1, also known as Unity.

Unity is the module that connects the Russian segment of the International Space Station to the other modules. Launched on 4 December 1998 inside Space Shuttle Endeavour, it was joined to the Russian Zarya module two days later, forming the basis of the International Space Station. The cylindrical module has six docking ports to connect visiting spacecraft and other modules. 

Follow Thomas: https://blogs.esa.int/exploration/it/category/astronauts/thomas-pesquet/

** Destiny laboratory – a day in the life of Thomas Pesquet – European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is sharing scenes from life on board the International Space Station during his second mission “Alpha”. He shared this video moving through NASA’s Destiny laboratory, detailing the elements of a normal day in the research module. From the exercise bike to the robotics workstation and all the research facilities, Thomas shows how astronauts work in the US space laboratory. Over 200 experiments are planned during Thomas’ time in space, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by the French space agency #CNES.

** See the Inspiration4 crew peer through the SpaceX Crew Dragon cupola window for 1st time VideoFromSpace

The crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission were amazed as they opened the hatch of the new Cupola window on the Crew Dragon Resilience. Full Story: [https://www.space.com/spacex-inspiration4-unveil-cupola-window-video]

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Sept.17.2021

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

** Expedition 65 Inflight with Today Show – September 17, 2021NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA discussed living and working in space and other research topics during an in-flight interview September 17 with NBC’s Today Show. Kimbrough and McArthur launched in April on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour” for a planned six-month science 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 Mark Vande Hei on setting the record for longest single spaceflight for an American NASA Johnson

With the plans for Russian spaceflight participants to visit the International Space Station as part of the MS-19 Soyuz crew in October 2021, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov will remain aboard the station until March 2022. Upon return to Earth, Mark Vande Hei will hold the record for longest single spaceflight for an American. Vande Hei talked about his mission extension and impending spaceflight record during an interview from the International Space Station.

A potential benefit to this extension is NASA gaining deeper insight into how the human body adapts to life in microgravity for longer periods of time. This research helps prepare for Artemis missions to the Moon and eventually long-duration missions to Mars, as well as provides critical opportunities for additional research to be conducted aboard the station that can benefit life on Earth.

** Spacewalk Outside the International Space StationNASA

Does your weekend include any home improvements? Ours does! On Sun. Sept. 12 at 8:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 UTC), watch Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet venture outside the International Space Station to perform upgrades to the orbiting lab. The duo [spent] approximately 6.5 hours in the vacuum of space preparing the space station for the installation of its third new roll-up solar array.

** Kibo | Space Station 360 (in French with English subtitles available)European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – this is the Kibo module.

Kibo is the Japanese module, also known as the Japanese Experiment Module or JEM. Thomas takes you through the hardware available for the astronauts and researchers on Earth and the unique airlock and storage space in Kibo.

The video is part of a series with Thomas showing each module in full 360 surround video. Click and drag with your mouse or move your smartphone around to see different angles and feel like you are in space with Thomas. Follow Thomas: http://bit.ly/ThomasPesquetBlog

** Quest airlock | Space Station 360 (in French with English subtitles available) European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – episode four is @NASA’s Quest airlock.

The Quest airlock is the Station’s smallest module, but it is vital for going on spacewalks. This is where the astronauts suit up into their spacesuits, prepare for the spacewalk and enter the airlock to go outside for maintenance, installing new equipment or science experiments.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Sept.11.2021

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

** U.S. Spacewalk 77 Animation – September 9, 2021NASA Video

This animation discusses the September 12th spacewalk in which ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will install a support bracket, called a modification kit, on the inward port side of the station’s backbone truss structure in a position known as P4, which is closest to the station’s pressurized living space. The kit prepares the site for future installation and deployment of the third of six new International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSA) to upgrade one of the station’s eight power channels known as 4A, which provides partial power to the U.S. Laboratory, the Harmony module, and the Columbus module. The modification kit will be attached to the mast canister at the base of the original solar arrays. The crew will also replace a device that measures the electrical charging potential of the arrays and associated surfaces in its vicinity, called a floating point measurement unit, on a separate truss.

** Expedition 65 inflight interview with Houston Chronicle and Reuters – September 10, 2021NASA

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Megan McArthur and Mark Vande Hei of NASA discussed life and research on the orbital laboratory during a pair of in-flight interviews Sept. 10 with the Houston Chronicle and Reuters. Vande Hei arrived on the station in April aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, followed two weeks later by McArthur, who launched aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour”.

** Watch a Russian spacewalker jettison a cable reel cover away from space stationVideoFromSpace

Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy jettisoned a cable reel cover during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Sept. 9, 2021. Spacewalk Wrap: https://www.space.com/space-station-c…

** Smoke alarm triggered on space station, burnt smell reported – ‘No impact to crew’VideoFromSpace

On Sept. 9, 2021, a smoke alarm was triggered in the Russian Zvezda service module. The crew reported a “burnt plastic or electronics type smell,” according to NASA. The source was not found and air filters were replaced.

** Earth views from space – 1 hour long in 4K! – European Space Agency, ESA

Watch over one hour of our planet, seen from the International Space Station, in 4K resolution. This compilation was made from video taken by ESA astronauts, mostly by Thomas Pesquet during his first mission, Proxima, and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst on his second mission, Horizons, as well as footage from Samantha Cristoforetti’s Futura mission and Paolo Nespoli’s Vita mission.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Sept.4.2021

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

** Cosmonauts spacewalk outside Nauka module in these amazing viewsVideoFromSpace

Cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov’s conduct a spacewalk outside the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module on Sept. 3, 2021.

**  Animation Depicts First Russian Spacewalk to Outfit the New Nauka ModuleNASA Video

The animation depicts the work to be conducted by Expedition 65 cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos during the first pair of up to eleven spacewalks that will outfit the new Russian Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module that was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 21 and docked to the International Space Station July 29. The first two spacewalks involve the connection of power, ethernet and telemetry cables between Nauka, the Zvezda Service Module and Pressurized Mating Adapter 1 that links the U.S. and Russian segments of the orbital complex.

** Space Station Crew Talks with Gateway Habitation and Logistics Outpost TeamNASA Video

** Expedition 65 – SpaceX CRS 23 Rendezvous and DockingNASA Video

SpaceX Cargo Dragon docks with the International Space Station with science experiments and supplies.

** Planet Aqua: Solutions from Space for Clean WaterEuropean Space Agency, ESA

Water is life, on Earth and in space. Dutch ESA astronaut André Kuipers recounts his experience living in space for 204 days, and his time looking back on the blue face of ‘Planet Aqua’, comparing notes with divers about what is going on beneath the waves. He goes on to explore how space technology is being used for water management, from orbital tracking of water quality and pollution to spacecraft-grade recycling systems deployed down on the ground, as well as ambitious efforts to identify marine plastic litter using satellites. Produced for SIWI World Water Week with the support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

** Enter the airlock with Thomas Pesquet (in French with English subtitles available)European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet gives a tour of the International Space Station’s airlock – the module used to prepare for and carry out spacewalks. In this video, Thomas provides an overview of the EMU spacesuit used for US spacewalks and its different components. The spacesuits can be adjusted depending on an astronaut’s size, but the gloves are customised to ensure each astronaut has maximum mobility in their hands and fingers. Thomas shows the cameras and lighting systems that allow astronauts to continue work when over the side of Earth not lit by the sun, the visors they put down during periods of harsh light and the cooling garments worn under the suits that keep their bodies at the right temperature. He also explains the equipment lock and the crew lock, where astronauts breathe in a controlled way to rid their blood of nitrogen and adjust to the lower pressure of space.

** Node 2 | Space Station 360 (in French with English subtitles available)European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – this is the Node 2 module. Node 2 is a European-built connecting module also known as Harmony that acts as an internal passageway and utility hub. Its exterior also serves as a work platform for the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, and has docking ports for spacecraft. In this video, Thomas shows the different modules that Node 2 connects: Europe’s Columbus Laboratory, the US lab Destiny and the Japanese Kibo Laboratory. He also shows workspaces and sleeping cabins where astronauts can have some personal space and sleep with their sleeping bags attached to the wall.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Aug.27.2021

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

** International Space Station Crew Previews SpaceX CRS-23 ScienceNASA

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station are ready for a big delivery of science experiments and supplies! From seeds to a robotic arm, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough discuss the investigations they are excited to welcome aboard station during SpaceX’s 23nd commercial resupply mission. The SpaceX CRS-23 mission is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory on August 29. Learn more about the science on this mission: https://go.nasa.gov/3lZ2Qa4

** Space Station 360 – Columbus module (in French with English subtitles available)European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – starting with Europe’s science laboratory, Columbus. Columbus is not the Station’s largest module, but it is one of the best equipped. It is the place where European astronauts conduct most of their work on board and has an external platform that allows experiments to be exposed to the vacuum of space. In addition to science racks, Columbus offers storage space and even a new crew quarter for sleeping. Click and drag with your mouse or move your smartphone around see different angles and feel like you too are in space.

** Enter the airlock with Thomas Pesquet (in French with English subtitles available)European Space Agency, ESA

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet gives a tour of the International Space Station’s airlock – the module used to prepare for and carry out spacewalks. In this video, Thomas provides an overview of the EMU spacesuit used for US spacewalks and its different components. The spacesuits can be adjusted depending on an astronaut’s size, but the gloves are customised to ensure each astronaut has maximum mobility in their hands and fingers. Thomas shows the cameras and lighting systems that allow astronauts to continue work when over the side of Earth not lit by the sun, the visors they put down during periods of harsh light and the cooling garments worn under the suits that keep their bodies at the right temperature. He also explains the equipment lock and the crew lock, where astronauts breathe in a controlled way to rid their blood of nitrogen and adjust to the lower pressure of space. Follow Thomas: http://bit.ly/ThomasPesquetBlog

** Amazing space station time-lapse shows Earth from Baja to South AmericaVideoFromSpace

Fly from Baja, California to the west coast of South America in this time-lapse. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured the footage from the International Space Station.

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