Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 68 Space Station Crew Talks with WPLG-TV, Miami, and KFAN-FM, Minneapolis- Jan. 11, 2023 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 68 Flight Engineers Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event January 11 with WPLG-TV “Local 10 News” in Miami, Florida and KFAN Sports Talk FM Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Cassada 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 as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.
** Expedition 68 Space Station Crew Talks with Consumer Electronics Show – Jan. 6, 2023 – NASA Video
Astronauts on the International Space Station talk with participants at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, using ultra-high definition television. The live interaction was sponsored by the non-profit Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, which coordinates International Space Station National Laboratory research for NASA. The conversation with astronauts Nicole Mann and Frank Rubio focused on how a variety of users are leveraging the space station to further technological advancements that can bring value to humanity, improve the quality of life for those living and working in space, and enable a sustainable market in low Earth orbit. The orbiting laboratory continues to maintain an uninterrupted human presence after more than 22 years.
** SpaceX Dragon CRS-26 Cargo Ship Departs International Space Station – NASA Video
Loaded with experiments and hardware, the unpiloted SpaceX-26 cargo ship undocked from the Harmony module of the International Space Station Jan. 9, headed for a splashdown off the coast of Florida. The resupply vehicle arrived at the orbital complex in late November to deliver several tons of food, science experiments and hardware for station maintenance, science investigations and upgrades.
** A Realistic Way to Make Space Habitats From Asteroids – Fraser Cain
01:35 Meet Professor Adam Frank
02:27 Building space habitats from asteroids
13:16 Materials required to achieve that
18:00 Generation ships
24:52 Asteroid mining
27:29 Exponential technological progress
34:45 Great Realistic SciFi
Professor Adam Frank on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AdamFrank4
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** Update on Soyuz MS-22 and Soyuz MS-23 – SciNews
Update on the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station and on the planned launch of the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft, from Joel Montalbano (International Space Station program manager, NASA) and Sergei Krikalev (Human Space Flight Programs executive director, Roscosmos) on 11 January 2023. A coolant leak was detected from the aft end of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station, on 14 December 2022. The Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft carried NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin into space after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 21.
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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