Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 67 – Axiom Mission 1 International Space Station Farewell Remarks – April 19, 2022 – NASA Video
The Expedition 67 crew and astronauts of the Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) shared reflections on the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station prior to the mission’s planned departure. NASA astronauts Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Sergey Korsokov, and Denis Matveev joined Ax-1 Commander Michael López-Alegría, Pilot Larry Connor, and Mission Specialists Eytan Stibbe and Mark Pathy for the farewell remarks. The Ax-1 crew will return to Earth aboard the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour and splashdown off the coast of Florida to complete their mission.
** Russian Cosmonauts Conduct Spacewalk To Activate New Station Robotic Arm – NASA Johnson
Expedition 67 cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev conducted the first in a series of spacewalks April 18 outside the International Space Station to install a control panel for a new European robotic arm attached to the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module and activate the arm. The European robotic arm launched on Nauka, and will be used to move payloads and spacewalkers around the Russian segment of the complex.
** Samantha’s second space mission: Minerva – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will return to the International Space Station in April 2022. Her second space mission is known as Minerva. Inspired by Roman mythology, Samantha says the Minerva mission name and patch pay homage to the competence and sophisticated craftmanship of all those who make human spaceflight possible. Samantha will travel to the Station alongside @NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob “Farmer” Hines and Jessica Watkins. Collectively known as Crew-4, the astronauts will be launched from @NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA, on a @SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. When Samantha arrives at the Station, her Minerva mission officially begins. This will see her live and work aboard the orbital outpost for approximately five months. During this time, she will support over 35 European and many more international experiments in orbit. Samantha will also hold the role of US Orbital Segment (USOS) lead, responsible for operations within the US, European, Japanese and Canadian modules and components of the Space Station. As her launch draws closer, Samantha continues her training with International Space Station partners. Learn more about Mission Minerva: https://bit.ly/MissionMinerva
** Touchdown! Shenzhou 13 crew lands in China’s Inner Mongolia region – VideoFromSpace
The Shenzhou 13 astronauts Zhai Zhigang (commander), Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu are returned to Earth after over 170 days in space on April 15, 2022 (April 16 – BJT). They touched down at the Dongfeng landing site in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Credit: China Central Television (CCTV)
** NLRA 2022-7: Leveraging the ISS National Lab to Enable Digital Engagement For K-12/Higher Education – ISS National Lab – YouTube
An informational webinar regarding NLRA 2022-7 was held on March 29, 2022.
** Veteran Astronaut Rex Walheim on Ax-1 and this new era of human spaceflight – Axiom Space
Axiom Space is guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leader in providing space infrastructure as a service, Axiom offers end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while privately developing its successor – a permanent commercial destination in Earth’s orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home. More information about Axiom can be found at www.axiomspace.com.
Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!
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