Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Cosmonauts spacewalk outside Nauka module in these amazing views – VideoFromSpace
Cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov’s conduct a spacewalk outside the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module on Sept. 3, 2021.
** Animation Depicts First Russian Spacewalk to Outfit the New Nauka Module – NASA Video
The animation depicts the work to be conducted by Expedition 65 cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos during the first pair of up to eleven spacewalks that will outfit the new Russian Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module that was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 21 and docked to the International Space Station July 29. The first two spacewalks involve the connection of power, ethernet and telemetry cables between Nauka, the Zvezda Service Module and Pressurized Mating Adapter 1 that links the U.S. and Russian segments of the orbital complex.
** Space Station Crew Talks with Gateway Habitation and Logistics Outpost Team – NASA Video
** Expedition 65 – SpaceX CRS 23 Rendezvous and Docking – NASA Video
SpaceX Cargo Dragon docks with the International Space Station with science experiments and supplies.
** Planet Aqua: Solutions from Space for Clean Water – European Space Agency, ESA
Water is life, on Earth and in space. Dutch ESA astronaut André Kuipers recounts his experience living in space for 204 days, and his time looking back on the blue face of ‘Planet Aqua’, comparing notes with divers about what is going on beneath the waves. He goes on to explore how space technology is being used for water management, from orbital tracking of water quality and pollution to spacecraft-grade recycling systems deployed down on the ground, as well as ambitious efforts to identify marine plastic litter using satellites. Produced for SIWI World Water Week with the support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
** 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.
** Node 2 | Space Station 360 (in French with English subtitles available) – European Space Agency, ESA
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 – this is the Node 2 module. Node 2 is a European-built connecting module also known as Harmony that acts as an internal passageway and utility hub. Its exterior also serves as a work platform for the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, and has docking ports for spacecraft. In this video, Thomas shows the different modules that Node 2 connects: Europe’s Columbus Laboratory, the US lab Destiny and the Japanese Kibo Laboratory. He also shows workspaces and sleeping cabins where astronauts can have some personal space and sleep with their sleeping bags attached to the wall.
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