Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** U.S. Spacewalk 82 Animation – Dec. 3, 2022 – NASA Video
On Saturday, December 3rd, Expedition 68 Flight Engineers Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio of NASA will conduct a spacewalk to install an ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) to augment power generation for the 3A power channel on the station’s starboard four truss. This will be the 256th spacewalk in support of space station assembly, upgrades, and maintenance, and the second for both Cassada and Rubio. This computer-generated animation of the spacewalk is narrated by ISS Expedition 68 Spacewalk Officer Chris Mundy.
** Russian Spacewalk 56 – Nov. 23, 2022 – NASA Johnson
Outside the International Space Station, Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin of the Expedition 68 crew conducted a spacewalk on November 25 to relocate a radiator from the Rassvet module to Nauka. It was the 256th spacewalk in support of station maintenance and upgrades, the fourth for Prokopyev and the second for Petelin.
** Expedition 68 Astronaut Nicole Mann Talks with Time Magazine, CNN This Morning – Dec. 1, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 68 Flight Engineer Nicole Mann of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event Dec. 1 with TIME magazine and CNN “This Morning.” Mann is in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory. The goal of her 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.
** Expedition 68 – Space Station Crew Answers Maryland Student Questions – Nov. 21, 2022 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 68 Flight Engineers Nicole Mann and Frank Rubio answered pre-recorded questions about life and work on the orbiting laboratory during an in-flight event Nov. 21 with students attending the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Rubio is a graduate of the school. Mann and Rubio are 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. Such research benefits people on Earth and lays the groundwork for future human exploration through the agency’s Artemis missions, which will send astronauts to the Moon to prepare for future expeditions to Mars.
** SpaceX launches Cargo Dragon to space station – See deployment & landing too! – VideoFromSpace
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched the CRS-26 mission to the International Space Station from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 26, 2022. Full Story: https://www.space.com/spacex-launch-c… The rocket’s first stage landed on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship in the Atlantic Ocean just under eight minutes after launch and the Dragon spacecraft was deployed shortly thereafter.
** SpaceX CRS-26 Dragon docking – SciNews
The SpaceX Dragon CRS-26 cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the International Space Station, on 27 November 2022, at 12:39 UTC (07:39 EST). The CRS-26 Dragon spacecraft delivers more than 2630 kg (5800 pounds) of research, crew supplies and hardware; having previously supported the CRS-21 and CRS-23 missions. Credit: NASA/SpaceX Music: Blue Danube by Strauss courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
** ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
Get to know the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 as they answer the following questions: – Why did you apply to become an astronaut? – Tell us about your background – How did you feel when you found out you would be part of ESA’s Astronaut Class of 2022? – What excites you most about human exploration, and how do you see yourself as part of this challenge? – What message do you have for young people today who are passionate about space and science?
** Shenzhou-15 docking – SciNews
The Shenzhou-15 (神舟十五) crew spacecraft autonomously docked to the front port of the Tianhe Core Module (天和核心舱), the first and main component of the China Space Station (中国空间站), on 29 November 2022, at 21:42 UTC (30 November, at 05:42 China Standard Time). Shenzhou-15 (神舟十五) is the fourth crew of three astronauts, Junlong Fei (费俊龙, commander), Qingming Deng (邓清明) and Lu Zhang (张陆), on a mission to the China Space Station (中国空间站).
** Shenzhou 15 crew enters Chinese space station after docking – VideoFromSpace
Shenzhou 15 astronauts Fei Junlong (commander), Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu completed ingress into the Tiangong space station on Nov. 29, 2022 (Nov. 30 – Beijing time) shortly after docking. See them launch: https://www.space.com/china-launches-…
** 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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