Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 67/68 International Space Station Change of Command Ceremony – Sept. 28, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev handed over command of the International Space Station to ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti during a change of command ceremony September 28. Farwell remarks also took place ahead of Crew-4 undocking and splashdown following their six-month mission aboard the orbital outpost. Cristoforetti and Artemyev are in the midst of long duration missions living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.
** Expedition 67 International Space Station Flyover of Hurricane Ian – Sept. 26, 2022 – NASA Video
The International Space Station passed approximately 260 statute miles overhead Hurricane Ian at approximately 3 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. External cameras on the orbiting laboratory captured views of the storm as it gained strength south of Cuba while moving toward the north-northwest. The storm is expected to intensify before approaching the west coast of Florida on Wednesday into Thursday. NASA managers met Monday morning and made the decision to roll the Artemis I Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft back to the Vehicle Assembly Building after additional data gathered overnight did not show improving expected conditions for the Kennedy Space Center area. The decision allows time for employees to address the needs of their families and protect the integrated rocket and spacecraft system.
** Expedition 67 International Space Station Flyover of Hurricane Ian – Sept. 28, 2022 – NASA Video
The International Space Station flew 260 miles over Hurricane Ian at 3:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. External cameras on the orbiting laboratory captured views of the storm as it made landfall in Florida near Fort Myers, Florida with winds of 155 miles an hour as it moved to the northeast across the Florida peninsula.
** Expedition 68 International Space Station Flyover of Tropical Storm Ian – Sept. 29, 2022 – NASA Video
The International Space Station flew 260 miles over Tropical Storm Ian at 2:10 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. External cameras on the orbiting laboratory captured views of the storm as it began to move off of the east coast of Florida. Ian made landfall near Fort Myers, Florida Wednesday packing winds of 155 miles an hour as it moved to the northeast across the Florida peninsula.
** A Phone Call to Space – NASA Johnson
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti, answered questions about life and work on the orbiting laboratory, as well as all the exciting reasons to work at NASA during an in-flight event August 22, 2022 with NASA interns calling from the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The four crew members are in the midst of a 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.
** NLRA 2023-1 Technology Advancement and Applied Research Leveraging the ISS National Lab – ISS National Lab – YouTube
On September 27, 2022, the ISS National Lab held a webinar to provide further background on NLRA 2023-1 and to answer any questions.
** Meet SpaceX Crew-5: Astronauts, Cosmonaut, launch date, & more! – VideoFromSpace
NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Oct. 3, 2022. Learn more about SpaceX Crew-5: https://www.space.com/nasa-spacex-cre…
** Soyuz carrying 3 cosmonauts undocks from space station for return trip – VideoFromSpace
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov undocked from the International Space Station at 3:34 a.m. EDT on Sept. 29, 2022. They landed a few hours later in Kazakhstan at 6:57 a.m. (4:57 p.m. Kazakhstan time). Full Story: https://www.space.com/soyuz-ms21-cosm…
** Touchdown! Soyuz carrying 3 cosmonaunts lands in Kazakhstan – VideoFromSpace
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev, and Sergey Korsakov landed in Kazakhstan at 6:57 a.m. (4:57 p.m. Kazakhstan time) on Sept. 29, 2022. They undocked from the International Space Station about 3 hours earlier. Full Story: https://www.space.com/soyuz-ms21-cosm…
** Teamwork makes the dream work! – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
Timelapse video made during ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s second mission to the International Space Station, “Minerva”. Samantha shared this video on social media with the caption: “Teamwork makes the dream work! Our oxygen generation system and our life support rack had to swap places … and we needed all hands on deck! Wasn’t quite as fast in real time, but it all fit in the end!”
You can follow along with the rest of Samantha’s Mission Minerva here: https://www.esa.int/Science_Explorati…
Samantha’s personal Twitter: https://twitter.com/AstroSamantha
Samantha’s personal TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@astrosamantha
** Footage Shows Chinese Astronauts Conducting Key Scientific Experiments in Space Station – CCTV Video News Agency
The China Manned Space Agency on Thursday released video footage showing the intricate in-orbital work of three Chinese astronauts aboard the country’s space station Tiangong, including the testing of a special science glovebox which allows a safe space for conducting key science experiments.
The three astronauts, Chen Dong, Liu Yang, and Cai Xuzhe, blasted off in June to embark on a record-breaking six-month mission aimed at completing the final construction phase of China’s Tiangong space station by the end of 2022.
Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!
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