Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** NASA animations highlight the activities carried out during the two spacewalks this week by astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken :
** The Most Dangerous EVA in US History – NASA Video
Chris Hansen, NASA EVA Office Manager, presents lessons learned from the EVA 23 incident that occurred on July 16, 2013 onboard the International Space Station. 44 minutes into the ISS EVA, Astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet began filling up with water. As the water level continued to rise it propagated around to the front of his face, which could have resulted in a fatal accident. What followed became the most dangerous EVA incident in US history. The mishap investigation identified many lessons learned that will be presented and can be used to make any hazardous operation safer.
** Expedition 63 InFlight with Late Late Show and NPR Morning Edition – June 24, 2020 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Flight Engineers Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken discussed their historic mission on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to the orbital laboratory during a pair of in-flight interviews June 24 with CBS’ “Late Late Show with James Corden” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Hurley and Behnken arrived on the complex May 31 after launching in Dragon Endeavour atop the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida – the first launch of American astronauts on an American rocket from American soil to the station since the retirement of the space shuttle in July 2011.
** Why The Docking Adapters On The Space Station Are Shaped Oddly –
There are many docking systems on the International Space Station, reflecting the fact that it’s the product of multiple space programs which combined their space station plans into the ISS. The history of the program has lead to some design choices which seem to be strange, until you look at them in the context of the whole program history. In particular, I often get asked about the pressurized mating adapters at the front of the space station and how the tunnel includes a bend rather than simply going straight through, and of course it’s all because of historical choices. Some further reading on the docking and berthing hardware used on the ISS https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/ca…
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