Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3: Mission for Science – NASA
After more than six months aboard the International Space Station, the astronauts of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission are returning home. The four crew members — NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer — will travel back to Earth inside a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. These crew members contributed to hundreds of scientific investigations and technology demonstrations while aboard the orbiting laboratory. This valuable research helps to prepare humans for future space exploration missions while generating numerous innovations and benefits for humanity on Earth. Check out their scientific journey: https://go.nasa.gov/3vQmSXL
** Change of Command of International Space Station Takes Place – NASA Johnson
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn handed over command of the International Space Station to Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev during a change of command ceremony May 4. Farewell remarks also took place ahead of Crew-3 undocking and splashdown following their six-month mission aboard the orbital outpost. Marshburn and Artemyev 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
** NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Astronauts Undock from the International Space Station – NASA
Join us to watch the Crew Dragon Endurance undock live from space with the four crew members of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 aboard: NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, as well as ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer. Undocking from the International Space Station (ISS) is targeted to begin at 1:05 a.m. EDT (5:00 UTC), on Thursday, May 5. During their stay on the ISS, Crew-3 members worked on experiments to benefit humans in space and on Earth, like testing new methods for growing crops, studying drought-resistant cotton plants, and printing bandages made from skin cells: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/st…
** Watch NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 Mission Splash Down on Earth – NASA
The four astronauts of Crew-3 are on the way home to Earth. Watch live as they reenter the atmosphere and splash down off the coast of Florida. Splashdown is targeted for 12:37 a.m. EDT (4:37 UTC), Friday, May 6. NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, and Kayla Barron, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer spent six months living and working on the International Space Station. During their stay, they contributed to experiments to benefit life on Earth: https://go.nasa.gov/3vQmSXL
** Expedition 67 – Space Station Crew Talks with CBS News, CNN – May 6, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Jessica Watkins of NASA and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event May 6 with CBS News and CNN. Watkins and Cristoforetti are in the midst of a planned four-and-a-half month 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.
** Down to Earth – S2:E2 | Sensory Overload – NASA Johnson
In episode two of Down to Earth: Conversations, astronaut Sunita Williams and environmental studies student Adrien Prouty explore what it’s like to conduct a spacewalk on the International Space Station.
** International Space Station reboost | Cosmic Kiss – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
Get in line with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and his Expedition 66 crew mates to experience a reboost of the International Space Station from the inside. This video is sped up 8 times fast. The International Space Station flies around Earth at around 400 km. It is reboosted periodically to maintain its orbit and overcome the effects of atmospheric drag created by molecules of the atmosphere, which causes the Station to lose about 100 m of altitude per day
. A Space Station reboost maneuver also optimizes phasing for future visiting vehicles arriving at the station. In March 2022 the ISS performed a reboost using Russia’s ISS Progress 79 cargo craft. By firing its engines for several minutes, the station was put at the proper altitude for a crew ship orbit rendezvous and landing operations. During the manoeuvre, the astronauts inside the station keep flying at the same speed and direction. While it seems like the astronauts are moving inside the station, it is in fact the ISS that gets the boost and is moving around them. More info on Cosmic Kiss here: https://bit.ly/ESACosmicKiss
** Mission Minerva meets Cosmic Kiss | Two astronauts in orbit – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
For the first time since mid 2011, ESA has two astronauts living and working together aboard the International Space Station. Watch a conversation between Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer in this rare moment for Europe in space. The astronauts’ meeting marks a brief crossover between the start of Samantha’s second space mission, Minerva, and Matthias’s final days in orbit for his first mission, Cosmic Kiss. Samantha arrived with Crew-4 on 28 April in @SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom, while Matthias will depart with Crew-3 in SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance in May after almost six months on the Station.
In this video Matthias is impressed by Samantha’s floating ability and says it’s like she never left. Samantha confirms weightless was the thing she missed the most on Earth and talks about the differences on Station since her Italian Space Agency ASI-sponsored Futura mission in 2014-15. Matthias is pleased with what he’s achieved in his time on Station, including the science he’s supported and the spacewalk he performed. He wishes Samantha all the best for her mission as she wishes him a safe return to Earth.
Find out more about the Cosmic Kiss: https://bit.ly/ESACosmicKiss
Learn more about Mission Minerva: https://bit.ly/MissionMinerva
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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