Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Astronaut Discusses Life Aboard Space Station During Farnborough Air Show – 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 for the Farnborough Air Show in England July 22. Cristoforetti launched in April on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft, named Freedom, for a science mission to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.
** Russian, European Space Agency Spacewalk Animation – NASA Video
Jul 20, 2022 Expedition 67 Commander Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of European Space Agency, clad in Russian Orlan spacesuits, will conduct a spacewalk on Thursday, July 21, 2022. The primary objective is to install platforms and workstation adapter hardware near the 37-foot-long manipulator system mounted to the Nauka module. The spacewalkers also will relocate the arm’s external control panel, replace a protective window on the arm’s camera unit, and extend a Strela telescoping boom from Zarya to Poisk to facilitate future spacewalks. The European robotic arm will be used to move payloads and equipment outside the Russian segment of the station, joining the Canadian-built Canadarm2 robotic arm and the Japanese arm already supporting station maintenance, operations, and research. One of the first tasks will see Artemyev and Cristoforetti deploy 10 nanosatellites designed to collect radio electronics data during the spacewalk, which will be the 251st in support of station assembly, maintenance, and upgrades. Artemyev will wear a Russian spacesuit with red stripes, while Cristoforetti will wear a Russian suit with blue stripes. This will be the sixth spacewalk for Artemyev and the first for Cristoforetti, who will become the fourth European astronaut to conduct a spacewalk in a Russian spacesuit.
** Spacewalker tosses cubesats away from space station in this amazing view – VideoFromSpace
Watch Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev deployed 4 of 10 cubesats during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on July 21, 2022.
** Cubesat hits space station solar array ‘mildly’ after spacewalker deploys it – VideoFromSpace
A cubesat made ‘mild’ contact with a space station solar array after it was deployed by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on July 21, 2022. “I think it is okay because the first contact was very mild and the second contact was at the frame,” said Artemyev following the hit, which was out of view in the video.
** Expedition 67 SpaceX Dragon CRS-25 Cargo Ship Docks to International Space Station – July 16, 2022 – NASA Video
Jul 18, 2022 Loaded with scientific experiments and supplies, the unpiloted SpaceX CRS-25 cargo ship automatically docked to the International Space Station July 16. The SpaceX spacecraft linked up to the Harmony module after launching July 14 from Florida with several tons of experiments and hardware.
** 15 Benefits of Space Station Research – NASA Johnson
The first decade of the International Space Station was the decade of construction. The second decade moved from initial studies to fully using the capabilities of the orbiting laboratory. We have now entered the decade of results. With more than 20 years of experiments conducted on station, more breakthroughs are materializing than ever before. Explore 15 of the ways the space station is benefiting humanity: https://go.nasa.gov/3ASkrrD
** International Space Station Benefits for Humanity 2022 – NASA Johnson
The 2022 edition of the International Space Station Benefits for Humanity publication is now available. This updated edition is packed with numerous benefits of the microgravity laboratory highlighting the groundbreaking discoveries helping society, technologies tested for future space exploration, new scientific breakthroughs, and contributions to the growing low-Earth orbit (LEO) economy. View the full Benefits for Humanity 2022 publication here: https://www.nasa.gov/stationbenefits
** How China will Complete its Space Station in 2022 (a Step-by-Step Recap) – Dongfang Hour
Welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour! In this video, we describe step-by-step how the Chinese Space Station will be fully assembled in 2022 and adopt its final T-shape configuration. At the end, we also speculate on what the Space Station could look like in the future if extended If you like what you see, please consider supporting us at patreon.com/dongfanghour !
00:00 Introduction to the Chinese Space Station
01:26 Wentian lab module (July 2022)
03:16 Mengtian lab module (October 2022)
03:54 Final cargo and crewed missions (Nov/Dec 2022)
04:35 Possible future extension?
07:04 Conclusion (and 100th episode!)
** Tianzhou-3 Cargo Craft Undocks from Space Station After Completing Missions – CCTV Video News Agency
Jul 17, 2022 China’s cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-3 undocked from the combination of the under-construction space station at 10:59 Beijing time Sunday, after completing all its missions, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).
** Shenzhou-14 Astronauts Preparing for Arrival of Wentian Lab Module – CCTV Video News Agency
Three Chinese astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe stationed in space are preparing for the arrival of Wentian laboratory module, which is set to be launched at the end of July.
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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