Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – Mar.12.2021

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

** This Year The Space Station Is Getting Its First Major Expansion in a Decade – Scott Manley

The last major addition to the International Space Station was in 2011, after that the forced retirment of the Space Shuttle meant that new hardware was necessarily small, but this year we’re seeing a number of new pieces of hardware which will be attached to the station which will expand it and change the way it looks.

** WE ARE RESILIENT: A Message from NASA Astronauts – NASA

It has been one year since the United States began its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. This year has been tough and has changed the way all of us live. And yet despite extraordinary circumstances, NASA still accomplished extraordinary things. Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover have a message for all of us: Take care of each other and we’ll get through this together.

** Expedition 64 Nanoracks – March 10, 2021 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 64 Flight Engineers Victor Glover and Shannon Walker of NASA discussed the new Nanoracks Bishop Airlock on the orbital outpost during an in-flight question and answer session with Nanoracks officials March 10. The airlock was delivered to the station on a SpaceX cargo Dragon vehicle in December and was attached to the Tranquility module by the Canadian-built Canadarm2 robotic arm.

** Spacewalks above, pandemic below – how one ISS crew member experienced 2020 | Aeon Videos

In September 2019, the Swedish-American biologist and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir realised her lifelong dream of travelling to space when she launched from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS), where she would serve as flight engineer for the next seven months. Featuring remarkable footage – including Meir’s euphoric first steps into the ISS and her participation, with fellow astronaut Christina Koch, in the first-ever all-female spacewalk – this short documentary captures scenes from Meir’s roundtrip journey with intimacy and grandeur. Occurring over the course of many tumultuous months on Earth, including the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the film also ponders what it’s like to experience the trials of humanity from 254 miles above.

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