Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 66 Inflight with Space.com – October 21, 2021 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Megan McArthur of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during a question and answer session with Space.com on October 21. Vande Hei and McArthur are in the midst of long duration missions 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.
** Video File: Russian Trio Returns To Earth From The International Space Station – NASA Video
Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Russian spaceflight participants Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko undocked from the International Space Station’s Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module in their Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft October 16, returning to Earth a few hours later for a parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan Oct. 17. Peresild, a Russian actress and Shipenko, her producer-director, spent 12 days on the station filming scenes for a movie title “Challenge” under an arrangement between Roscosmos and Moscow-based media entities. Novitskiy returned after spending 191 days in space on a flight which spanned almost 81 million miles. Novitskiy has now logged 531 days in space on his three missions.
** Spacewalk scenes with Thomas and Aki – 8K! – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and @JAXA | 宇宙航空研究開発機構 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. Aki and Thomas prepared the P4 truss for its IROSA installation. This is the same area as where Thomas and Shane installed two IROSA’s but closer to the main body of the Space Station, in an area called the 4A channel. Only one new solar array will be installed here, on a later spacewalk. While the extravehicular activity or EVA was already the fourth spacewalk during Thomas’ Alpha mission, it was his first with Aki and the first time a spacewalking pair did not feature a US or Russian astronaut. …
** Space food | Mission Alpha [in French with English subtitles] – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is on his second mission to the International Space Station called Alpha. In this video Thomas talks about his crew preference food that arrived on @SpaceX CRS-22 supply spacecraft, the video was recorded on 19 June 2021 in the Zvezda module of the Space Station. Astronauts’ full space menu comprise of a range of food designed to meet nutritional and operational requirements on board. Because of the two hours of exercise they perform every day on the Station and a full schedule of science and operations, astronauts are expected to consume approximately 3000 calories per day in space. For ESA astronauts such as Thomas, two thirds of this calorie intake come from the basic food supply that is preselected and prepacked by @NASA for the entire space mission. The final third of their calories comes from ‘crew choice meals’ – food that the astronauts choose for themselves, either from the US menu or a range of European, Russian and Japanese options. …
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