Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Rocket Ranch Episode 24: Space Lullaby – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity that he recorded while on the International Space Station has over 47 million views. Now retired, the veteran of three spaceflights and first Canadian to walk in space has given a lot of thought to the future of space exploration and what it can mean for all of us. Hear from him now on this episode of the Rocket Ranch.
** NASA Television Video File – Expedition 64 Pre Launch Baikonur Activities – October 8, 2020 – NASA Video
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the International Space Station’s Expedition 64 crew, Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, Flight Engineers Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA and their backups, Oleg Novitskiy and Petr Dubrov of Roscosmos and Mark Vande Hei of NASA, participated in a variety of activities Sept. 27-Oct. 7 as they prepared for the upcoming mission. Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins are set to launch Oct. 14 from Baikonur in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station. The footage includes the crew’s arrival in Baikonur, their Soyuz fit check in the Cosmodrome’s Integration Facility, the ceremonial Cosmonaut Hotel flag-raising ceremony and other training milestones.
** Expedition 63 Astronaut Chris Cassidy speaks with Time Magazine – October 5, 2020 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA discussed his mission and future space exploration during an in-flight event Oct. 6 with TIME Magazine’s “TIME 100 Talks” series. Cassidy is in the final weeks of his six-and-a-half month mission on the station, heading for a return to Earth Oct. 22 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
** Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus 14 Rendezvous and Capture – October 5, 2020 – NASA Video
Loaded with almost four tons of supplies and scientific experiments, Northrop Grumman’s unpiloted Cygnus cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station Oct. 5, four days after launching from the Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia atop the company’s Antares rocket. Named the “SS Kalpana Chawla” in honor of the late NASA astronaut who lost her life in the Columbia accident in February 2003, Cygnus was captured by Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA using the station’s Canadian-built robotic arm. Ground controllers then installed Cygnus to the Earth-facing port of the Unity module where it will reside until mid-December.
** How to use the Bathroom in Space – NASA Johnson
One of the most frequent questions we get about life on Space Station is how to use the toilet…Here’s a quick look at the answer! -Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy
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