Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 67 – Space Station Crew Answers Arizona Student Questions – May 27, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Senator Mark Kelly Friday, May 27, as part of an education event with the Tarwater Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona. Watkins and Cristoforetti are in the midst of a science expedition 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.
** Boeing Starliner Vehicle Docks to Orbiting Outpost – NASA Video
The unpiloted Boeing Starliner spacecraft docked to the International Space Station on May 20 following a launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on May 19. Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) will remain at the station to complete a series of test objectives before departing the complex on May 25 where it will land at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico. This test flight comes as a precursor to a future crewed Starliner test flight.
** NASA-Boeing Starliner Orbital Flight Test-2 Farewell Remarks – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, the unpiloted Boeing Starliner spacecraft hatch was closed and farewell remarks were given by NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines, Jessica Watkins and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti May 24. Starliner is slated to undock from the space station on May 25 after completing a series of test objectives. Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) will land at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico. This test flight comes as a precursor to a future crewed Starliner test flight.
** Boeing CST-100 Starliner Undocks from the International Space Station – May 25, 2022 – NASA Video
The uncrewed Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft undocked from the International Space Station Wednesday, May 25, following a series of planned test objectives while docked to the forward port of the Harmony module of the orbiting outpost. Following undocking, Starliner landed at White Sands Space Harbor, New Mexico.
** Expedition 67 Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Talks with World Economic Forum – May 25, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview as part of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Wednesday, May 25. Cristoforetti launched in April on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom for a science expedition mission to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.
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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