Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Station Astronauts Discuss Life in Space with the Lollipop Theater Network – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Bob Hines of NASA and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event Aug. 2 with Children’s Hospitals for the “Lollipop Theater Network.” Hines and Cristoforetti are in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory. The goal of their mission is 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.
** Cold Atom Lab: Celebrating Four Years of Quantum Science in Space (Live Public Talk) – NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Cold Atom Lab, NASA’s first quantum science laboratory in space, will mark four years onboard the International Space Station on Aug. 4, 2022. It has already achieved its main science goals by cooling atoms down to ultra-cold temperatures to study their basic physical properties in ways that would not be possible on Earth. Join us for this exciting event and learn from some of the world’s experts – from astronauts to Nobel Laureates – on the details of getting the unique Cold Atom Lab up and running, as well as the progress toward using microgravity to illuminate new features of the quantum world.
Christina Koch, astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center
Eric Cornell, Nobel Laureate in physics, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics
Kamal Oudrhiri, project manager for the Cold Atom Lab, NASA JPL
Jason Williams, project scientist for the Cold Atom Lab, NASA JPL
** Space Station robot ‘dances’ with new dust collector in epic installation time-lapse – VideoFromSpace
The International Space Station’s Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (Dextre) was employed to install the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation instrument outside the International Space Station. The choreographed maneuver is set to a waltz in this time-lapse video.
** Chinese space station’s robotic arm tested on-orbit in these amazing views – VideoFromSpace
China’s Wentian lab module’s robotic arm was tested on Aug. 3, 2022. It will ”support the astronauts’ extravehicular activities, delivering goods, and maintaining andrepairing the exterior of the space station,” according to China Central Television (CCTV). The Wentian lab docked with the Tiangong space station’s Tianhe core module on July 25: https://www.space.com/china-space-sta…
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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