Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** U.S. Spacewalk 77 Animation – September 9, 2021 – NASA Video
This animation discusses the September 12th spacewalk in which ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will install a support bracket, called a modification kit, on the inward port side of the station’s backbone truss structure in a position known as P4, which is closest to the station’s pressurized living space. The kit prepares the site for future installation and deployment of the third of six new International Space Station Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSA) to upgrade one of the station’s eight power channels known as 4A, which provides partial power to the U.S. Laboratory, the Harmony module, and the Columbus module. The modification kit will be attached to the mast canister at the base of the original solar arrays. The crew will also replace a device that measures the electrical charging potential of the arrays and associated surfaces in its vicinity, called a floating point measurement unit, on a separate truss.
** Expedition 65 inflight interview with Houston Chronicle and Reuters – September 10, 2021 – NASA
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Megan McArthur and Mark Vande Hei of NASA discussed life and research on the orbital laboratory during a pair of in-flight interviews Sept. 10 with the Houston Chronicle and Reuters. Vande Hei arrived on the station in April aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, followed two weeks later by McArthur, who launched aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour”.
** Watch a Russian spacewalker jettison a cable reel cover away from space station – VideoFromSpace
Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy jettisoned a cable reel cover during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Sept. 9, 2021. Spacewalk Wrap: https://www.space.com/space-station-c…
** Smoke alarm triggered on space station, burnt smell reported – ‘No impact to crew’ – VideoFromSpace
On Sept. 9, 2021, a smoke alarm was triggered in the Russian Zvezda service module. The crew reported a “burnt plastic or electronics type smell,” according to NASA. The source was not found and air filters were replaced.
** Earth views from space – 1 hour long in 4K! – European Space Agency, ESA
Watch over one hour of our planet, seen from the International Space Station, in 4K resolution. This compilation was made from video taken by ESA astronauts, mostly by Thomas Pesquet during his first mission, Proxima, and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst on his second mission, Horizons, as well as footage from Samantha Cristoforetti’s Futura mission and Paolo Nespoli’s Vita mission.
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