Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Spacewalk season timelapse, episode 4 – European Space Agency, ESA
Timelapse video made during ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s second mission to the International Space Station, “Alpha”. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide performed a spacewalk on 12 September 2021 to prepare for the installation of a new solar array on the International Space Station. The new solar arrays, called IROSA or ISS Roll-Out Solar Array, are being gradually installed over the existing arrays to boost the International Space Station’s power system. Thomas and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough prepared and installed two IROSA solar panels across three spacewalk in June. The arrays were taken from their storage area outside the Space Station and passed from spacewalker to spacewalker to the worksite. There the rolled arrays were secured, unfolded, connected and then unfurled. …
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 – episode five is NASA’s Node-1, also known as Unity.
Unity is the module that connects the Russian segment of the International Space Station to the other modules. Launched on 4 December 1998 inside Space Shuttle Endeavour, it was joined to the Russian Zarya module two days later, forming the basis of the International Space Station. The cylindrical module has six docking ports to connect visiting spacecraft and other modules.
** Destiny laboratory – a day in the life of Thomas Pesquet – European Space Agency, ESA
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is sharing scenes from life on board the International Space Station during his second mission “Alpha”. He shared this video moving through NASA’s Destiny laboratory, detailing the elements of a normal day in the research module. From the exercise bike to the robotics workstation and all the research facilities, Thomas shows how astronauts work in the US space laboratory. Over 200 experiments are planned during Thomas’ time in space, with 40 European ones and 12 new experiments led by the French space agency #CNES. …
** See the Inspiration4 crew peer through the SpaceX Crew Dragon cupola window for 1st time – VideoFromSpace
The crew of SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission were amazed as they opened the hatch of the new Cupola window on the Crew Dragon Resilience. Full Story: [https://www.space.com/spacex-inspiration4-unveil-cupola-window-video]
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