Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 64 Change of Command – April 15, 2021 – NASA Video
Command of the International Space Station was passed from Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos to Houston native and NASA astronaut Shannon Walker during a ceremony on the orbital outpost on April 15. Ryzhikov is returning to Earth April 17 with Expedition 64 crewmates Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos and Kate Rubins of NASA in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan to complete a journey of 185 days in space. Walker remains on the station as commander of Expedition 65 with cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
** Know Your Crew…Two! – NASA Johnson – YouTube
Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Aki Hoshide, and Thomas Pesquet are about to fly NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station. Before their launch, we brought them in the studio to test what they know about each other – and what they think they know about each other — as they look forward to going to space together for six months.
** Crew-2 Flight Readiness Review Media Teleconference – NASA Video
** Christine Kretz, International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory – NASA Video
Sessions from NASA History Symposium – NASA and the Rise of Commercial Space From activities in low-Earth orbit to the Artemis program, the commercial space industry is beginning to take on an increased role as innovator in both space access, commerce, and exploration. This growth of commercial space over the past decades offers the potential for a new paradigm for space exploration—one in which industry transitioned from supplier to partner. Still, many questions remain spanning from the most seemingly consequential “How will humanity explore the Moon and Mars?” to the more basic, “What is Commercial Space?” This virtually hosted symposium explores this transformation and examines the historical context for answering these questions.
** Spacewalks in HD 2020-2021 – NASA Johnson – YouTube
Can you imagine what the Earth looks like from 250 miles up? Well, now you don’t have to! International Space Station astronauts wearing small high-definition video cameras during recent spacewalks have delivered the evidence, and it’s gorgeous—have a look for yourself.
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