Category Archives: Space Settlement

Space habitat reports – Feb.21.2024

Here is this week’s selection of videos and news items about space habitats, living in space, and space settlement. Starts with NASA’s latest Space to Ground report for the International Space Station:

** Progress MS-26 dockingSciNews

The Progress MS-26 spacecraft autonomously docked to the aft port of the Zvezda service module, on the International Space Station, on 17 February 2024, at 06:06 UTC (01:06 EST). Progress MS-26 (ISS Progress 87 mission) delivers about three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 70 crew aboard the International Space Station.
Credit: NASA/Roscosmos
Music: “Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky” courtesy of YouTube Audio Library

See also Cargo Craft Successfully Launches to Station | Space Station/NASA – Feb.14.2024

** Using a VR headset on space station – Astronaut describes experience – VideoFromSpace

Expedition 70 astronaut Andreas Mogensen describes the experience of using a VR headset while exercising on the International Space Station to Space.com’s Elizabeth Howell.

** Expedition 70 Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa Answers Japanese Media Questions Feb. 20, 2024 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) discussed living and working in space with Japanese reporters during an in-flight interview Feb. 20. Furukawa is in the midst of a long-duration mission on the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.

** 2023 Annual Highlights of Results from the International Space Station – NASA Johnson

The International Space Station is a microgravity research lab hosting groundbreaking technology demonstrations and scientific investigations. More than 3,700 investigations conducted to date have generated more than 4,000 research articles published in scientific journals. In 2023, the orbiting lab hosted approximately 500 investigations. See more space station research achievements and findings in the Annual Highlights of Results publication at https://www.nasa.gov/stationresults.

** Axiom Space – Progress on assembly of the first habitat module.

Thales Alenia in Italy is building the structures for the habitat modules that Axiom will initially attach to the ISS and later detach to become a free-flying space station owned and operated by Axiom. Here is a recent item about a milestone in assembly of the first module:

** Sierra Space displays an illustration on Twitter/X showing three generations of LIFE space habitat module designs:

We are developing and testing “game changing softgoods expandable technology” that leverages the ability to “pack and compress” softgoods structures at launch, then deploy to utilize maximum volume for on orbit operations.

2024-20-02: We are developing and testing “game changing softgoods expandable technology” that leverages the ability to “pack and compress” softgoods structures at launch, then deploy to utilize maximum volume for on orbit operations.

These technology advancements provide “low mass to volume ratios” that are unmatched in the industry. Other habitation providers rely on larger and more powerful rockets with increased fairing envelopes to reach our inflated volumes

We can launch packed and deploy to an average 625% volume increase once pressurized in orbit, offering more on orbit capacity at a reduced size and mass.

We look forward to further developing this technology as we build the world’s first commercial space station.

It’s been pointed out that rotating the LIFE 3.0 module, which would fit into the SpaceX Starship at 8 meters before expanding to 19 meters when deployed, around the long axis at a 4-6 times per minute could provide spin gravity at a potentially beneficial fraction (15-35%) of one g.

** VASTPlanning private crew missions to the ISS

Axiom recently completed its third private crew mission to the ISS. These provide the company with revenue as well as  technical experience as it prepares to launch its own space habitats in the coming years. VAST, another space habitat company, announced this week that it also aims to sponsor private ISS missions. NASA requires payment for such missions and allows only a limited number per year. So the two companies will need to compete for contracts with the agency.

** Chinese Astronaut Captures Breathtaking Views of Egypt, Red Sea from SpaceCCTV Video News Agency

China Manned Space Agency on Tuesday released a bird’s eye view of Egypt and the Red Sea taken by astronaut Tang Shengjie who is currently on-board China’s space station.

** Other news and articles:

** Highlight: Snow over the Pyrenees across Spain to Barcelona. Feb 20, 2024 11:45 CET  –   ISS Above

NASA EHDC6 Live views of the Earth from the International Space Station

— Highlight: Dallas TX – Deb 21, 2024 11:46 CST –   ISS Above

** Live Video from the International Space Station (Official NASA Stream) – NASA

Watch live video from the International Space Station, including inside views when the crew aboard the space station is on duty. Views of Earth are also streamed from an external camera located outside of the space station. During periods of signal loss due to handover between communications satellites, a blue screen is displayed.

The space station orbits Earth about 250 miles (425 kilometers) above the surface. An international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries operates the station, and it has been continuously occupied since November 2000. It’s a microgravity laboratory where science, research, and human innovation make way for new technologies and research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. More: https://go.nasa.gov/3CkVtC8

Did you know you can spot the station without a telescope? It looks like a fast-moving star, but you have to know when to look up. Sign up for text messages or email alerts to let you know when (and where) to spot the station and wave to the crew: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov

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ISS after undocking of STS-132

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Space habitat reports – Feb.13.2024

Here is this week’s selection of videos and news items about space habitats, living in space, and space settlement. Starts with NASA’s latest Space to Ground report for the International Space Station:

** Progress MS-24 undocking SciNews

The Progress MS-24 spacecraft autonomously undocked from the aft port of the Zvezda service module, on the International Space Station, on 13 February 2024, at 02:09 UTC. Progress MS-24 (ISS Progress 85 mission) delivered about three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 69 crew aboard the International Space Station.

Credit: Roscosmos

Music: “Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky” courtesy of YouTube Audio Library

** ISS astronauts toss football, mention Taylor Swift in Super Bowl prep on space stationVideoFromSpace

NASA astronauts Loral O’Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli talk about the Super Bowl and “Swiftly come up to speed” in this pre-game video.

** Expedition 70 Space Station Crew Answers Massachusetts Student Questions – Feb. 9, 2024NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Loral O’Hara and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andy Mogensen discussed living and working in space during an in-flight event Feb. 9 with students attending the Central Tree Middle School in Rutland, Massachusetts. O’Hara and Mogensen are in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies. Such research benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future human exploration through the agency’s Artemis missions, which will send astronauts to the Moon to prepare for future expeditions to Mars.

** European Space Agency (ESA) news:

Day and night cycle on the Space Station | ESA – Feb.8.2024

** Ax-3 Mission | ReturnAxiom Space

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – the world’s first commercial space station in low-Earth orbit, which will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home. For more information about Axiom Space, visit www.axiomspace.com.

** Happy Chinese New Year from the Tiangong space station crew – VideoFromSpace

The Shenzhou 17 crew Tang Shengjie, Tang Hongbo and Jiang Xinlin wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year from the Tiangong space station.

See also China’s Space Station Crew: Celebrating Year of the Dragon | Leonard David – Feb.12.2024

** Other news and articles:

** Highlight: The artwork that is The Appalachians Feb 6, 2024 – 12:16 EST ISS Above

NASA EHDC6 Live views of the Earth from the International Space Station

** Highlight: SoCal – Los Angeles – San Diego – Feb 10, 2024 15:21 PST ISS Above

** Live Video from the International Space Station (Official NASA Stream) – NASA

Watch live video from the International Space Station, including inside views when the crew aboard the space station is on duty. Views of Earth are also streamed from an external camera located outside of the space station. During periods of signal loss due to handover between communications satellites, a blue screen is displayed.

The space station orbits Earth about 250 miles (425 kilometers) above the surface. An international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries operates the station, and it has been continuously occupied since November 2000. It’s a microgravity laboratory where science, research, and human innovation make way for new technologies and research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. More: https://go.nasa.gov/3CkVtC8

Did you know you can spot the station without a telescope? It looks like a fast-moving star, but you have to know when to look up. Sign up for text messages or email alerts to let you know when (and where) to spot the station and wave to the crew: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov

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Space habitat reports – Feb.5.2024

Here is this week’s selection of videos and news items about space habitats, living in space, and space settlement. Starts with NASA’s latest Space to Ground report for the International Space Station:

** Expedition 70 Northrop Grumman Cygnus Cargo Craft Arrives at Space Station – Feb. 1, 2024 – NASA Video

Loaded with food, fuel, and supplies, the unpiloted Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft arrived to the International Space Station Feb. 1 where it was installed to the Earth-facing port of the Unity module. Dubbed the “SS Patricia (Patty) Hilliard Robertson” for the late NASA astronaut who succumbed from injuries sustained from a plane crash, Cygnus launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida Jan. 30 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and will remain docked to the space station for approximately six months. The mission is the 20th Northrop Grumman commercial resupply services flight to the space station for NASA.

** Expedition 70 Northrop Grumman Cygnus Cargo Craft Secured to Space Station – Feb. 1, 2024 – NASA Video

** Expedition 70 Space Station Crew Answers California Student Questions – Feb. 5, 2024 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 70 Flight Engineers Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara discussed living and working in space during an in-flight event Feb. 5 with students attending the Emblem Academy in Saugus, California. Moghbeli and O’Hara are in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies. Such research benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future human exploration through the agency’s Artemis missions, which will send astronauts to the Moon to prepare for future expeditions to Mars.

** What happens to astronauts during space station reboosts? Crew demonstratesVideoFromSpace

International Space Station crew members demonstrate their motion during a recent reboost of the oribal outpost. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli explains.

** Window to the world in 360° | MuninnEuropean Space Agency, ESA

Join ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt inside the seven-windowed cupola, the International Space Station’s “window to the world” and and pan around to enjoy the view.

The ESA – European Space Agency-built Cupola is the favourite place of many astronauts on the International Space Station. It serves not only as a unique photo spot, but also for observing robotic activities, arriving spacecraft and spacewalks.

Marcus was launched to the International Space Station on the Dragon spacecraft as part of Axiom Mission 3 on 18 January 2024. His two-week mission on board is known as Muninn.

Follow Marcus’s journey on the Muninn website, check our launch kit in English or Swedish and connect with Marcus on his Instagram and X accounts.

Muninn website: https://www.esa.int/Science_Explorati…
Marcus Wandt’s Instagram: / esaastro_marcus
Marcus Wandt’s X: / astro_marcus

** Hassell and ESA unveil their concept for a permanent base on the moonNew Scientist

The European Space Agency has unveiled its Lunar Habitat Master Plan, a conceptual design for a scalable moon base.

Commissioned by ESA’s Discovery programme and designed by architectural firm Hassell, the ideas will guide the agency’s technological development of such structures, so it can solve some of the issues moon dwellers could face in a future where research, exploration, tourism and prospecting may all form part of a lunar economy.

“More people on the moon in a sustainable way. This is a good picture to have in mind,” says ESA advanced manufacturing engineer Advenit Makaya, who was involved in the design process. The concept aims to address problems that might arise from having people on the lunar surface for extended periods. This includes protecting astronauts from the harsh environment, such as radiation and dust, and dealing with extreme temperatures, lack of water, oxygen and power.

The habitat is designed around a series of inflatable pods that would make minimal contact with the surface, reducing issues with abrasive dust. These would then be protected by a shell made of blocks, 3D printed using lunar soil, known as regolith, that can be interlocked into place over the pods to absorb radiation. We might also be able to get water or oxygen from the regolith. And to mitigate temperature fluctuations, and maximise solar power efficiency, the base would be built on the edge of Shackleton crater at the moon’s south pole where it would face the sun for longer.

Both ESA and Hassell admit their design is some way from becoming a reality, but flexibility is at the heart of it. “Is it a case of running before we can walk? I don’t think so. These things take a long, long time to plan,” says Xavier De Kestelier, the global head of design for Hassell and the lead architect on the project. “We need to keep on exploring the science.”


Learn more ➤ https://www.newscientist.com/article/…

** Ax-3 Mission | On-Orbit Science BriefingAxiom Space

Since arriving at the International Space Station, the Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) crew has been hard at work. Join Dr. Lucie Low, Axiom Space’s Chief Scientist, to discuss the various research projects being conducted onboard during this mission.

** Expedition 70 Axiom Mission 3 International Space Station Farewell Remarks – Feb. 2, 2024 NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Axiom Mission-3 crewmembers Michael López-Alegría, Walter Villadei, Alper Gezeravcı, and Marcus Wandt provided farewell remarks February 2 ahead of their scheduled undocking from the space station February 3. The crew has been living and working on the International Space Station since January 20 following a launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 18. Axiom Mission-3 is the third private astronaut mission to the space station.

** Gravitics – Latest posting on X:

** VAST update on X:

** Starlab Sizzle Reel – Voyager Space on Vimeo

Starlab is a new-era space platform, set to serve a global customer base of space agencies, researchers, and companies. Our space station will ensure a continued human presence in low-Earth orbit and a seamless transition of microgravity science and research from the International Space Station into the new commercial space station era.

See latest announcement: Starlab Space Selects SpaceX’s Starship for Historic Launch | Voyager Space – Jan.31.2024.

Starlab Space LLC (Starlab Space), the transatlantic joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus, today announced the selection of SpaceX to launch the Starlab commercial space station to low-Earth orbit (LEO). Starship, SpaceX’s fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond, will launch Starlab in a single mission prior to the decommissioning of the International Space Station.

“SpaceX’s history of success and reliability led our team to select Starship to orbit Starlab,” said Dylan Taylor, Chairman and CEO, Voyager Space. “SpaceX is the unmatched leader for high-cadence launches and we are proud Starlab will be launched to orbit in a single flight by Starship.”

See also: Starlab—with half the volume of the ISS—will fit inside Starship’s payload bay | Ars Technica – Feb.1.2024.

** Shenzhou-17 Crew Displays Scientific Research Facilities at Tiangong StationCCTV Video News Agency

The Shenzhou-17 crew members displayed various scientific research facilities at China’s Tiangong space station recently.

** Other news and articles:

** Highlight: Winter over Utah – SLC – Provo – Uinta Mtns – Feb 4, 2024 – 11:26 MST –   ISS Above

NASA EHDC6 Live views of the Earth from the International Space Station

** Highlight: Colors of the Sahara – Chad – Egypt Feb 3, 2024 8:12 UTC –   ISS Above

** Live Video from the International Space Station (Official NASA Stream) – NASA

Watch live video from the International Space Station, including inside views when the crew aboard the space station is on duty. Views of Earth are also streamed from an external camera located outside of the space station. During periods of signal loss due to handover between communications satellites, a blue screen is displayed.

The space station orbits Earth about 250 miles (425 kilometers) above the surface. An international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries operates the station, and it has been continuously occupied since November 2000. It’s a microgravity laboratory where science, research, and human innovation make way for new technologies and research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. More: https://go.nasa.gov/3CkVtC8

Did you know you can spot the station without a telescope? It looks like a fast-moving star, but you have to know when to look up. Sign up for text messages or email alerts to let you know when (and where) to spot the station and wave to the crew: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov

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Videos: Space habitat reports – Jan.29.2024

Here is this week’s selection of videos and news items about space habitats, living in space, and space settlement. Starts with NASA’s latest Space to Ground report for the International Space Station:

** Expedition 70 Astronaut Loral O’Hara Answers Boston Student Questions – Jan. 23, 2024 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Loral O’Hara discussed living and working in space during an in-flight event Jan. 23 with students attending Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Charlestown, Massachusetts. O’Hara is in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies. Such research benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future human exploration through the agency’s Artemis missions, which will send astronauts to the Moon to prepare for future expeditions to Mars.

**Earth views from Cupola by Marcus WandtEuropean Space Agency, ESA

Join ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt inside the seven-windowed cupola, the International Space Station’s “window to the world”.

The ESA – European Space Agency-built Cupola is the favourite place of many astronauts on the International Space Station. It serves not only as a unique photo spot, but also for observing robotic activities of the Canadian Space Agency’s robotic arm Canadarm2, arriving spacecraft and spacewalks.

Marcus was launched to the International Space Station on the Dragon spacecraft as part of Axiom Mission 3 on 18 January 2024. His two-week mission on board is known as Muninn.

Credits: ESA–M. Wandt

https://youtube.com/shorts/-XEy2D6AE1Q

** Ax-3 Mission Update #1Axiom Space

Join us for a #Ax3 mission update. Hear from Alper Gezeravcı and Michael López-Alegría as they talk about settling on the International Space Station and what they brought with them from home on their mission.

** Ax-3 Mission Update #2Axiom Space

Hear from Michael López-Alegría and Walter Villadei as they discuss how they prepare meals in zero gravity.

** Gravitics demonstrates the large scale of the StarMax habitat module: Building Bigger: 54 Humans in One 8-meter Gravitics Module | Gravitics – Jan.25.2024

Gravitics, Inc., an aerospace manufacturing company, demonstrated that it can fit 54 people, with room to spare, inside its 8-meter “StarMax” module mockup. The exhibit, a 1:1 scale space station module cutaway, is a tangible example of Gravitics’ vision for large and efficient space environments. The 8-meter mockup enables engineers, businesses, and researchers to plan for and visualize new opportunities for valuable activity in space.

A single Gravitics 8-meter module provides roughly half of the entire usable volume of the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS spans 109-meters and is currently operating with 16 pressurized modules that can support a crew of up to 7 astronauts for long-duration missions. The Gravitics 8-meter module illustrates why it will become a key building block for the next generation of space stations, holding 54 people within its hull only using “ground floor” volume.

** Tiangong space station crew moves cargo from newly arrived Tianzhou-7 spacecraftVideoFromSpace

The Shenzhou-17 astronauts crew aboard the Tiangong space station moved cargo out of the Tianzhou-7 spacecraft after it arrived.

** Other news and articles:

* Interview with Dr. Peter Hague | The Space Show – Jan.28.2024

Peter was back with us to discuss several of his Substack blog posts, especially the one that focused on the business case for civilization and large projects such as space settlement. Peter also talked about his petition to the UK government for Starship to launch from the UK plus other topics. Read the full summary of the program at www.thespaceshow.com for this date, Sunday, January 28, 2024.

** Highlight: Egypt – Farming – Jan 27, 2024 – 10:38 UTCISS Above

NASA EHDC6 Live views of the Earth from the International Space Station

** Highlight: Baton Rouge LA – MS – Birmingham AL – Jan 29, 2024 – 12:23 CST ISS Above

** Live Video from the International Space Station (Official NASA Stream) – NASA

Watch live video from the International Space Station, including inside views when the crew aboard the space station is on duty. Views of Earth are also streamed from an external camera located outside of the space station. During periods of signal loss due to handover between communications satellites, a blue screen is displayed.

The space station orbits Earth about 250 miles (425 kilometers) above the surface. An international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries operates the station, and it has been continuously occupied since November 2000. It’s a microgravity laboratory where science, research, and human innovation make way for new technologies and research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. More: https://go.nasa.gov/3CkVtC8

Did you know you can spot the station without a telescope? It looks like a fast-moving star, but you have to know when to look up. Sign up for text messages or email alerts to let you know when (and where) to spot the station and wave to the crew: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov

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Space habitat reports – Jan.22.2024

Here is this week’s selection of videos and news items about space habitats, living in space, and space settlement. Starts with NASA’s latest Space to Ground report for the International Space Station:

** Axiom Mission 3 Launches to the International Space Station (Official NASA Broadcast) – NASA

Axiom Mission 3, set to lift off at 4:49 p.m. EST (2149 UTC) on Thursday, Jan. 18, is Axiom’s third private astronaut mission to the International Space Station. Ax-3 is launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center aboard SpaceX’s Dragon Freedom spacecraft.

During their two-week stay aboard the orbiting laboratory, the crew of Ax-3—commander Michael López-Alegría, pilot Walter Villadei of Italy, mission specialist Alper Gezeravcı of Turkey, and ESA (European Space Agency) project astronaut Marcus Wandt of Sweden—will engage in technology demonstrations, student outreach, and experiments ranging from medical research to materials science.

Launch coverage is led by Axiom Space, with support from NASA and SpaceX; NASA’s primary mission responsibilities begin during Freedom’s approach to the International Space Station, the start of Ax-3 integrated operations. Learn more about NASA’s role in Ax-3 and how we’re working with our industry partners to open low Earth orbit to more people, more science, and more opportunities: https://go.nasa.gov/3Se0bsN

** Ax-3 crew enters space station after SpaceX Dragon docking – VideoFromSpace

The Ax-3 crew, commander Michael “LA” López-Alegría, pilot Walter Villadei and mission specialists Marcus Wandt and Alper Gezeravcı (Turkey’s first astronaut) have arrived at the International Space Station. See views shortly after soft capture of the Dragon spacecraft and their welcome ceremony.

** Ax-3 Mission | Approach & Docking Axiom Space

Axiom Space is guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leader in providing space infrastructure as a service, Axiom offers end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while privately developing its successor – a permanent commercial destination in Earth’s orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home. More information about Axiom can be found at www.axiomspace.com.

X (formerly Twitter): https://twitter.com/axiom_space
Instagram: https://instagram.com/axiom.space
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/axiomspace/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/axio…

** Marcus and Muninn are flying – European Space Agency, ESA

ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt took off on 18 January 2024 as part of the Axiom-3 crew for a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. After 36 hours catching up to the Space Station, the Dragon docked to the Space Station, the seal between the two tested and finally Marcus started his Muninn mission as he entered the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen along with the rest of the crew of Expedition 70 was waiting to welcome them to space!

Follow Marcus’s journey on the Muninn website, check our launch kit and connect with him on his Instagram and X accounts.

Muninn website: https://www.esa.int/Science_Explorati…
Marcus Wandt’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/esaastro_ma…
Marcus Wandt’s X: https://twitter.com/astro_marcus

**  Axiom Mission 3: Sanford Stem Cell Institute Tumor InvestigationISS National Lab

On Axiom Space’s 3rd Private Astronaut Mission, the Sanford Stem Cell Institute (SSCI) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) will launch an investigation that builds on stem cell research conducted on previous Axiom Space missions as well as previous investigations sponsored by the ISS National Lab. Learn how the research team will study tumor organoids in microgravity to identify early cancer warning signs to better predict and treat the disease.

Learn more about this investigation here: https://www.issnationallab.org/releas…

** Axiom StationAxiom Space

The construction of the world’s first commercial space station is underway. Following completing preliminary and critical design reviews in collaboration with NASA, our partners at Thales Alenia Space began welding and machining activities for the primary structures of Axiom Station’s first module. The first pieces of fabricated flight hardware are beginning to come together, and the assembled module will join us in Houston soon, where we will complete the final assembly and integration. Axiom Space is preparing for a 2026 launch of the first section of our next-generation platform that will operate in low-Earth orbit.

** Full-Scale LIFE™ Inflatable Space Station Burst Test at NASA Marshall Space Flight CenterSierra Space

Sierra Space has achieved a major milestone in the development of the first commercial space station. The first Ultimate Burst Pressure test of our full-scale LIFE™ structure at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center exceeded #NASA’s recommended x4 safety levels by 27%. The article was one third the volume of the International #Space Station and will be an integral part of future commercial space destinations.

Press Release: https://www.sierraspace.com/newsroom/…

** Expedition 70 Astronaut Mogensen Talks with WILD Nature Foundation – Jan. 17, 2024NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 70 Commander Andy Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed living and working in space with the World Nature Foundation in Denmark on Jan. 17. Mogensen is in the midst of a long-duration mission on the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.

** China launches Tianzhou-7 cargo spacecraft to Tiangong space stationVideoFromSpace

A Chinese Long March 7 rocket launched the Tianzhou-7 cargo spacecraft to the Tiangong space station from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Jan. 17, 2023. Full Story: https://www.space.com/china-tianzhou-…

** Tianzhou-7 docking – SciNews

The Tianzhou-7 (天舟七号) cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the rear docking port of the Tianhe Core Module (天和核心舱), arriving at the China Space Station (中国空间站), on 17 January 2024, at 17:46 UTC (18 January, at 01:46 China Standard Time). Tianzhou-7 is the sixth cargo mission to the China Space Station (中国空间站)

** Three-Hour Docking Process to Become Routine in Future Space Missions: Engineer – CCTV Video News Agency

China’s Tianzhou-7 cargo spacecraft adopted an unprecedented three-hour rendezvous and docking procedure successfully with the orbiting Tiangong space station on Thursday, and the docking plan will become a routine in future missions, according to a Chinese scientist hours after the mission.

** Chinese Astronauts Ready for Two Manned Space Missions in 2024 – CCTV Video News Agency

Astronauts of China’s upcoming two manned space missions in 2024 have been finalized and are undergoing targeted trainings, said Yang Liwei, deputy chief designer of China’s manned spaceflight project, when introducing China’s plan of space missions this year.

** Sampling of other news and articles:

** Highlight: Night Paris France Jan 16, 2024 00:29 CET –   ISS Above

NASA EHDC6 Live views of the Earth from the International Space Station

** Highlight: Cape Town – Jan 17, 2024 2PM SAST –   ISS Above

** Live Video from the International Space Station (Official NASA Stream) – NASA

Watch live video from the International Space Station, including inside views when the crew aboard the space station is on duty. Views of Earth are also streamed from an external camera located outside of the space station. During periods of signal loss due to handover between communications satellites, a blue screen is displayed.

The space station orbits Earth about 250 miles (425 kilometers) above the surface. An international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries operates the station, and it has been continuously occupied since November 2000. It’s a microgravity laboratory where science, research, and human innovation make way for new technologies and research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. More: https://go.nasa.gov/3CkVtC8

Did you know you can spot the station without a telescope? It looks like a fast-moving star, but you have to know when to look up. Sign up for text messages or email alerts to let you know when (and where) to spot the station and wave to the crew: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov

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ISS after undocking of STS-132

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