Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Space Station Crew Discusses the Meaning of Thanksgiving on Orbit – NASA Johnson
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Kate Rubins, Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) discussed the meaning of spending Thanksgiving on orbit and their holiday plans during downlink messages delivered on Nov. 20. Rubins has been aboard the orbital complex since mid-October following her launch on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and was joined a month later by Hopkins, Glover, Walker and Noguchi, who launched on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” from the Kennedy Space Center.
** Thanksgiving in Zero-G: Preparing Meals at the International Space Station – NASA
Thanksgiving dinner aboard the International Space Station is a little different than one here on Earth. Watch this video to learn how astronauts living and working in space can enjoy holiday meals, thanks to the NASA Nutritional Lab at Johnson Space Center. Read more about celebrating Thanksgiving in space: https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/18934937…
** International Space Station 20th Anniversary Panel: Benefits for Humanity, Science for All – NASA
For 20 years, astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station have conducted science in a way that cannot be done anywhere else. Orbiting about 250 miles above our planet, the space station is the only laboratory available for long-duration microgravity research in the world. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station, listen as Tara Ruttley, associate chief scientist for gravitational research at NASA Headquarters, sits down with senior science management who are leading the science and research efforts within the International Space Station Program Research Office. Learn more about the importance of doing research in microgravity, how that research has made technological advances and benefited life on Earth for the past two decades, and how the science conducted on the space station today is preparing us for future Artemis missions. Joining the conversation are ISS Chief Scientist Kirt Costello, ISS Deputy Chief Scientist Jennifer Buchli, and ISS Research Integration Office Manager Marybeth Edeen.
** Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov go outside the ISS – Space.com -Video of an EVA outside the ISS by Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
For the first time, [a] Russian spacewalk [was] carried out from the docking compartment of the Poisk module in Orlan-MKS spacesuits No. 4 and 5. For both cosmonauts this [was] the first experience of work outside the International Space Station. Sergey Ryzhikov [wore] commander gear with red stripes (Orlan-MKS No. 5 spacesuit) and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov [wore] the spacesuit with blue stripes (Orlan-MKS No. 4).
During their work, they [checked] the airtightness of the Poisk module exit hatch immediately after direct airlocking, [replaced] the removable panel of the fluid flow regulator on the Zarya functional cargo block, [cleaned] the window of the Zvezda service module, [switched] the Tranzit-B telemetric system antenna from the Pirs module to the Poisk module, [changed] the pressure and sedimentation control unit sensors position installed on the Poisk module. In addition, as part of the ‘Impact’ space experiment, [they dismantled] tablet No. 1 on the assembly compartment of Zvezda service module and [installed] tablet No. 2 in its place. In the future, this study should allow more reliably estimate the contamination levels of outside scientific and service equipment. Previous spacewalks under the Russian program were carried out from the Pirs module, which is currently being prepared for undocking from the ISS. Next year, Nauka, the new Russian multifunctional laboratory module will arrive in its place. Currently, it is being prepared for the launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
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