Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Cygnus spacecraft captured by space station’s robotic arm – VideoFromSpace
** Expedition 65 Cool Science Radio Podcast – August 11, 2021 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Shane Kimbrough of NASA discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview on August 11 with Cool Science Radio. Vande Hei and Kimrbough are in the midst of six-month missions on the outpost.
** Northrop Grumman CRS-16 Research Overview: Cardinal Muscle – ISS National Lab
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has collaborated with the ISS National Lab on numerous investigations, and this marks the first NSF-funded tissue engineering payload to launch to station as part of this collaboration. The investigation, launching onboard Northrop Grumman Commercial Resupply Services Mission 16 (contracted by NASA), is from researchers at Stanford University and the Palo Alto Veterans Research Institute. The project seeks to leverage microgravity conditions to develop a tissue engineered model of sarcopenia (muscle loss due to aging). If validated, the model could be used to study the progression of muscle deterioration and could serve as a valuable platform to test potential treatments for conditions that cause muscle wasting.
** ‘Bumble’ robot finds ‘simulated danger’ on space station in test – VideoFromSpace
Robots like Astrobee’s “Bumble” on the International Space Station are designed to maintain to assist in the maintenance of spacecraft.
** Astronauts play ‘no-hand ball’ for first-ever ‘space olympics’ – VideoFromSpace
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station played a game of ‘no-hand ball’ during the first-ever “space olympics.” Astronauts hold their own Summer Olympics in space: https://www.space.com/astronauts-spac…
** Astronauts show off ‘synchronized space swimming’ skills on space station – VideoFromSpace
The crew of the International Space Station perform “synchronized space swimming” in the “very first Space Olympics,” according to ESA. Team Soyuz is Roscosmos’ Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novitsky and NASA’s Mark Vande Hei, and Team Dragon is NASA’s Megan McArthur, Shane Kimbrough, JAXA’s Aki Hoshide and ESA’s Thomas Pesquet. Astronauts hold their own Summer Olympics in space: https://www.space.com/astronauts-spac…
** Space Olympics – European Space Agency, ESA
The International Space Station Expedition 65 crew recorded themselves on a day off after a long week of work having some weightless fun. From Earth orbit, 400 km above our planet, the crew present the very first Space Olympics. Skip to each event:
0:00 – 00:09 Intro
0:10 – 2:47 Synchronised floating
2:48 – 6:41 Lack-of-floor routine
6:42 – 8:48 No-Handball
8:49 – 9:30 Weightless sharpshooting
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