Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Astronaut Chris Cassidy Meets Astrobee – NASA Johnson
It turns out that astronauts could use some help with their chores, just like many of us on Earth. Astrobee, a free-flying robotic system developed by researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center, will help astronauts reduce time they spend on routine duties, leaving them to focus more on the things that only humans can do. Current International Space Station Commander Chris Cassidy gives us a sneak peek into his workday with his “crewmates” – three robots named Honey, Queen and Bumble.
** Expedition 63 Cygnus CRS 13 Release – May 11, 2020
U.S. CARGO SHIP DEPARTS THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION Three months after arriving at the International Space Station with scientific experiments and supplies for the outpost’s residents, the unpiloted Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship departed the orbital laboratory May 11, headed for several weeks in orbit as a free-flying science platform. Ground controllers at Mission Control, Houston sent commands to release Cygnus from the Canadarm2 robotic arm after it had been unberthed from the station’s Unity module. Dubbed the “SS Robert H. Lawrence” after the Air Force major selected to be the first African-American to fly in space, Cygnus will remain in orbit as a platform from which small Cubesat satellites will be launched and fire suppression experiments will be conducted before it is deorbited May 29 or 30 to reenter the Earth’s atmosphere where it will burn up harmlessly over the Pacific Ocean.
** Expedition 63 InFlight with Chris Cassidy and CNN and HGTV
SPACE STATION COMMANDER DISCUSSES THE PROGRESS OF HIS MISSION WITH THE MEDIA Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA discussed his mission on the orbital laboratory and the upcoming arrival of the first commercial crew astronauts during a pair of interviews May 12 with CNN and HGTV’s “At Home” podcast. Cassidy is in the second month of a planned six-and-a-half mission on the station.
** “What is it like to be an Astronaut?”
What is it like to be an Astronaut? presented by Serena Aunon, MD, NASA Astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center
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