Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Best Space Station Science Pictures of 2021 – NASA Johnson
It has been a busy year of research aboard the International Space Station. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1, Crew-2, and Crew-3 missions supported hundreds of science experiments aboard the orbiting laboratory. Multiple Soyuz spacecrafts carried astronauts to and from station. An upgraded cargo Dragon spacecraft returned time sensitive research to scientists on the ground. Astronauts and cosmonauts conducted 13 spacewalks, and their work included installing new solar panels to augment and upgrade the station’s power supply. Chiles and lettuce were harvested as a part of plant research preparing us for deep space missions, and technologies were tested for the upcoming Artemis missions to the Moon. Look at some of the best photos of breakthrough investigations crew members worked on in 2021: https://go.nasa.gov/30Iy8d8
** 2021 International Space Station Year In Review – December 22, 2021 – NASA Johnson
A review of missions, residents, and science on board the International Space Station in 2021.
** NASA Television VideoFile – Soyuz MS-20 Landing – December 20, 2021 – NASA Video
Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and two Japanese businessmen, Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano undocked from the International Space Station’s Poisk Module in their Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft December 19, returning to Earth a few hours later for a parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan Dec. 20. Misurkin, Maezawa, and Hirano, were flying under a contract between Roscosmos and Space Adventures.
** NASA’s SpaceX 24th Commercial Resupply Services Mission: Broadcast Begins– NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
The broadcast show begins for NASA’s SpaceX 24th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station.
** Expedition 66 SpaceX CRS 24 Docking – December 22, 2022 – NASA Video
Loaded with scientific experiments and supplies, the unpiloted SpaceX CRS-24 cargo ship automatically docked to the International Space Station December 22. The SpaceX spacecraft linked up to the Harmony module after launching December 21 from Florida with several tons of experiments and hardware.
** SpaceX CRS24: Tide in Space – ISS National Lab – YouTube
Also on SpaceX CRS-24, Procter & Gamble—one of the leading consumer goods companies in the world—will send Tide Infinity, the first in a series of detergent systems being developed for NASA’s long duration space travel initiatives (through a Space Act Agreement with NASA) to understand the viability of cleaning clothes off planet. The Tide team intends to test the stability of cleaning ingredients under microgravity conditions and radiation exposure in space. In doing so, the company hopes to gain insights that could help in the development of a low-resource-use laundry solution for everyday use while meeting consumer demand for more sustainable products. Results could also further knowledge on the development of laundry detergent solutions to support future long-duration spaceflight missions. Learn more about this exciting investigation!
** NLRA 2022-5: Technology Development and Applied Research on the ISS National Lab – ISS National Lab – YouTube
On December 15, 2021, the ISS National Lab held a webinar to provide further background on NLRA 2022-5 and to answer any questions.
** Cupola in 360° | Cosmic Kiss – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
Join ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer inside the seven-windowed cupola, the International Space Station’s “window to the world” and pan around to enjoy the view. The ESA – European Space Agency-built Cupola is the favourite place of many astronauts on the International Space Station. It serves not only as a unique photo spot, but also for observing robotic activities of the Canadian Space Agency’s robotic arm Canadarm2, arriving spacecraft and spacewalks. Just outside the cupola and behind Matthias is a portion of the Soyuz MS-19 crew ship docked to the Rassvet module and the Prichal docking module attached to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory service module. Matthias was launched to the International Space Station on Crew Dragon Endurance as part of Crew-3 at 02:03 GMT/03:03 CET Thursday 11 November. His ESA mission on board is known as Cosmic Kiss and will see him live and work for approximately six months in orbit. Follow Matthias: https://bit.ly/ESACosmicKiss
** Chinese Astronauts Show Process of Height Measurement in Space Station – CCTV Video News Agency
The three Chinese astronauts of the Shenzhou-13 crewed space mission, demonstrated the process of measuring their height in a microgravity environment after traveling over two months aboard China’s space station core module Tianhe.
** How to receive SSTV images from the ISS – K7AGE
I show you how to receive Slow Scan TV (SSTV) images from the International Space Station (ISS). Several times a year SSTV images are sent from the ISS. In December 2021 from the 26th through the 31st SSTV images will be transmitted. A simple two-meter amateur radio, or scanner, is able to receive the signal on 145.800 MHz. You can receive the signal using the antenna on an HT, mobile antenna, or a vertical antenna mounted outside. I show you how to learn when the ISS will be in the range of your station. Heavens-Above is a good website to use and it will generate a list of passes for your station. To decode the SSTV signal you will need software on a computer or portable device. I show MMSSTV on my Windows computer decoding the SSTV signal. I also show decoding SSTV on my iPad …
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