Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** International Space Station Crew Previews SpaceX CRS-23 Science – NASA
The astronauts aboard the International Space Station are ready for a big delivery of science experiments and supplies! From seeds to a robotic arm, NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough discuss the investigations they are excited to welcome aboard station during SpaceX’s 23nd commercial resupply mission. The SpaceX CRS-23 mission is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory on August 29. Learn more about the science on this mission: https://go.nasa.gov/3lZ2Qa4
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes you on a tour of the International Space Station like no other. Filmed with a 360 camera, the Space Station 360 series lets you explore for yourself alongside Thomas’s explanation – starting with Europe’s science laboratory, Columbus. Columbus is not the Station’s largest module, but it is one of the best equipped. It is the place where European astronauts conduct most of their work on board and has an external platform that allows experiments to be exposed to the vacuum of space. In addition to science racks, Columbus offers storage space and even a new crew quarter for sleeping. Click and drag with your mouse or move your smartphone around see different angles and feel like you too are in space.
** Enter the airlock with Thomas Pesquet (in French with English subtitles available) – European Space Agency, ESA
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet gives a tour of the International Space Station’s airlock – the module used to prepare for and carry out spacewalks. In this video, Thomas provides an overview of the EMU spacesuit used for US spacewalks and its different components. The spacesuits can be adjusted depending on an astronaut’s size, but the gloves are customised to ensure each astronaut has maximum mobility in their hands and fingers. Thomas shows the cameras and lighting systems that allow astronauts to continue work when over the side of Earth not lit by the sun, the visors they put down during periods of harsh light and the cooling garments worn under the suits that keep their bodies at the right temperature. He also explains the equipment lock and the crew lock, where astronauts breathe in a controlled way to rid their blood of nitrogen and adjust to the lower pressure of space. Follow Thomas: http://bit.ly/ThomasPesquetBlog
** Amazing space station time-lapse shows Earth from Baja to South America – VideoFromSpace
Fly from Baja, California to the west coast of South America in this time-lapse. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured the footage from the International Space Station.
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