Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Talks With NASA Astronauts – September 27, 2021 – NASA
Pittsburgh Steeler Josh Dobbs joins NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi for a discussion focused on their recent mission to space, the future of STEM and the importance of ensuring that space is for everyone. This event is in collaboration with NASA, the Pittsburgh Steelers, EverFi Character Playbook, and the Carnegie Science Center.
** Expedition 65 SpaceX CRS 23 Departure – September 30, 2021 – NASA Video
Loaded with scientific experiments and supplies, the unpiloted SpaceX Cargo Dragon undocked from the International Space Station September 30, completing a month-long mission to the outpost for the company’s 23rd commercial resupply services mission for NASA. With NASA Flight Engineer Shane Kimbrough looking on, the SpaceX spacecraft undocked from the forward port of the Harmony module, headed for a splashdown off the coast of Florida to complete its flight, that delivered several tons of experiments and hardware to the [station.]
** Expedition 65 Soyuz MS 18 Relocation – September 28, 2021 – NASA Video
The Russian Soyuz MS-18 undocked from the Rassvet module on the International Space Station and relocated for the first docking to the new “Nauka” Multipurpose Laboratory Module September 28. Aboard the Soyuz for the brief flight were NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Soyuz commander Oleg Novitskiy. The maneuver opened the Rassvet docking port for the arrival of the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft that will launch Oct. 5 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and Russian spaceflight participants Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko aboard.
** Expedition 65 Education Inflight with Iowa Space Grant Consortium – September 27, 2021 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event September 27, answering prerecorded questions from Iowa Space Grant students in Ames, Iowa. Kimbrough and McArthur are in the midst of a long duration mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.
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 six is NASA’s Node-3, also known as Tranquility. Node 3 has cylindrical hull 4.5 m in diameter with a shallow conical section enclosing each end. It is almost 7 m long and, together with the Space Station’s observatory Cupola, weighed over 13.5 tonnes at launch. Built in Europe, Node 3 houses the life-support equipment, the toilet and equipment racks.
** STEMonstration: Five Senses – NASA Johnson
NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough talks about the five senses – sight, taste, smell, hearing and touch from aboard the International Space Station. Watch as Shane describe how astronauts use each of their five senses and learn how these senses adapt to life in microgravity. Learn how your own senses provide you with important information and keep you safe in your environment – whether in outer space or on Earth! Be sure to check out https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations for more videos like this, along with their corresponding Classroom Connection lesson plans.
** Chris Hadfield sang the tune “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)” in space – CBC Music. Back on February 12, 2013, Chris Hadfield debuted the song “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)” on the International Space Station:
I.S.S. Commander Chris Hadfield joins The Barenaked Ladies and the Wexford Gleeks in the first space-to-earth musical collaboration. The song, “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) was commissioned by CBCMusic.ca and The Coalition for Music Education with the Canadian Space Agency to celebrate music education in schools across Canada.
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