Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 67Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Answers Indiana Student Questions – Aug. 30, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren answered pre-recorded questions about life and work on the orbiting laboratory during an in-flight event August 30 with students at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana. Lindgren is in the midst of a science 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.
** Watch Russian spacewalkers extend cargo crane outside space station – VideoFromSpace
Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev extended the Strela cargo crane during a spacewalk on Sept. 2, 2022.
** Expedition 68 Space Station Crew Undergoes Final Training – NASA Video
Soyuz Commander Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin of Roscosmos and NASA Flight Engineer Frank Rubio, along with Crew-5 crew member Anna Kikina of Roscosmos, conducted final qualification training Aug. 30 and 31 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, for their upcoming International Space Station mission. Their backups, cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub of Roscosmos and astronaut Loral O’Hara of NASA, joined them for the training sessions. Prokopyev, Petelin, and Rubio are scheduled to launch Wednesday, Sept. 21, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft for a six-month mission on the International Space Station.
** CCP Mission Highlights – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, based at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completed several milestones with partners SpaceX and Boeing. SpaceX launched astronauts aboard Crew Dragons to the International Space Station, and Boeing completed a successful Orbital Flight Test-2, docking its uncrewed Starliner spacecraft to the space station.
** Watch China’s Shenzhou-14 crew begin first spacewalk – VideoFromSpace
China’s Shenzhou-14 astronauts Chen Dong and Liu Yang began a spacewalk outside the Tiangong space station on Sept. 1, 2022 to install “protective cables, setting up the expansion pumps, raising the panoramic cameras, and assembling the extravehicular toolbox,” according to China Central Television.
** Every Space Station Size Comparison | The Evolution of Space Station – REAL SPACE – YouTube
This video is the size comparison of all space stations including the future planned ones. Made with Blender.
00:00 Early Salyuts
00:48 Salyut 3&4
01:17 Salyut 5-7 01:42 Mir
02:00 International Space Station (ISS)
02:22 Tiangong Program
03:12 Axiom Station
03:24 Lunar Gateway
03:46 Pioneer Station
04:09 Orbital Reef
04:25 Voyager Station
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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