Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – May.19.2022

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Watch rendezvous and docking of the Boeing Starliner vehicle with the ISS. Docking set for 7:10 pm EDTBoeing Starliner Proceeding Toward Station Today – Space Station/NASA

[ Update: The docking was successful. Here is a video of highlights of the approach and docking:


** Blastoff! Boeing Starliner OFT-2 mission launches to space stationVideoFromSpace

An uncrewed Boeing Starliner spacecraft launched the to International Space Station atop an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 19, 2022. The Orbital Flight Test-2 mission lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

** Astronauts Discuss Life Aboard The Space Station with KDVR-TV/KWGN-TV and NBC NewsNASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Jessica Watkins discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview May 17 with KDVR-TV/KWGN-TV out of Denver, Colorado and NBC. Lindgren and Watkins 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.

** NASA Astronaut Thomas Marshburn Reads “Goodnight Moon” in Space and Mark Vande Hei Answers QuestionsNASA

Watch as astronaut Thomas Marshburn reads out loud from the children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown while floating in microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Also, Astronaut Mark Vande Hei joins Thomas to answer questions sent to them. This video was featured as a part of the Crayola and Harper Kids “Read Along, Draw Along” event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the book’s publication. Astronauts will return to the Moon as part of the Artemis program. Artemis I will be an important step in NASA’s goal to land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon, and establish long-term lunar exploration. This mission will be the first flight test of the integrated Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

** Impact Story: Roll-Out Solar ArraysNASA Video

Rolling Out a Path to Future Space Travel. Standard solar arrays in space can be expensive, heavy, and often very complex to operate. Roll-Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) are an alternative to existing solar array technologies. These arrays are a compact design, more affordable, and offer autonomous capabilities that can enhance a wide spectrum of scientific and commercial missions, from low-Earth orbit all the way to interplanetary travel.

** Can Robots Take Care of Spacecraft? – NASA’s Ames Research Center

NASA’s Integrated System for Autonomous and Adaptive Caretaking, or ISAAC, is advancing new technology for robots to take care of spacecraft. Researchers recently demonstrated the tech aboard the International Space Station using Astrobee, NASA’s free-flying robotic assistants.

** Axiom Mission 1 – The first all-private mission to the ISSAxiom Space

** China Releases Video Showing Tianzhou-4 Moving Toward Tianhe for DockingCCTV Video News Agency

The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Sunday released a video taken from the view of the camera on China’s space station core module Tianhe, showing the Tianzhou-4 cargo spacecraft was moving toward and docking with the Tianhe core module of the space station.

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

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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