Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Sept.13.2019

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

** Weightless flamesCleaner combustion on Earth, safer combustion in space | NASA

The Flame Design investigation is studying the quantity of soot produced under different flame conditions. The results of this experiment occurring aboard the International Space Station could enable the design of flames that are more sooty or soot-free, and allow for the creation of burner designs which are more efficient and less polluting. Read more about this and other flame research aboard the International Space Station: […]
Learn more about the research being conducted on Station:

Space Flame
“This flame was one of many ignited as part of the Flame Design investigation inside of CIR to investigate the amount of soot that is produced in different conditions. The yellow spots are soot clusters that glow yellow when hot. These clusters grow larger in microgravity than on Earth because the soot remains within the flame longer.” Credits: NASA

** STEMonstrations: Engineering Design – Trusses

The structure of the International Space Station relies heavily on a series of trusses engineered to withstand compression, tension, torsion and shear forces the station may encounter in low-Earth orbit. In this episode, Expedition 55/56 Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold explains the significance of these resilient structures and the forces they are up against in microgravity. Use the lesson plan that coincides with this video to emphasize the value of the engineering design process in your STEM classroom. Visit for more educational resources that explore the research and technology of the International Space Station.

** Expedition 60 Live Interviews with Doug Wheelock – September 12, 2019

Live Interviews with NASA Astronaut Doug Wheelock located at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and broadcast from the Johnson Space Center. Astronaut Doug Wheelock, who is currently working at Glenn Research Center on the Orion spacecraft, discusses life in space and NASA’s plans to put the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 through the agency’s Artemis program. The interviews were conducted on September 12, 2019.


Outpost in Orbit:
A Pictorial & Verbal History of the Space Station