Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** See astronauts work outside space station in 2nd spacewalk of 2023 – VideoFromSpace
NASA astronaut Nicole Mann and Japan’s Koichi Wakata are making their second spacewalk of 2023 on Feb. 2 to prep the International Space Station for solar array upgrades. […] (https://www.space.com/spacewalk-inter…)
** Oklahoma Students Discuss Life In Space With Space Station Astronaut – NASA Johnson
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 68 Flight Engineer Nicole Mann answered pre-recorded questions about life and work on the orbiting laboratory during an in-flight event Jan. 31 with students who are a part of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Mann is the first Native American woman to fly in space for NASA and is in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies. 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.
** Reasons to Believe | LIFE Habitat for Space Exploration – Sierra Space
Sierra Space’s LIFE (Large Integrated Flexible Environment) habitat launches on a conventional rocket and inflates on-orbit to a large structure that is three stories tall, and 27 feet in diameter. It’s stronger than steel and designed to support LEO applications and long-duration missions.
“Investing in these types of technologies and developing them for space exploration means that we can leverage it for other applications that directly benefit humanity.” – Mickey Mathew, Systems Engineer – Space Destinations
We look forward to continuing to build this key element in our Destinations portfolio and paving the way for the development of advanced inflatable habitat systems and architectures.
** LIFE Habitat | Successful Accelerated Systematic Creep Test for Extended Human Missions – Sierra Space
Sierra Space has completed its third successful test of its inflatable LIFE Habitat. This latest assessment, called an Accelerated Systematic Creep Test, was conducted on a subscale version of the habitat and exceeded NASA certification requirements for the Duration Test for Extended Human Missions.
Press Release: Sierra Space Completes Third Successful Test of Inflatable Habitat Unit Designed for First Commercial Space Station | Sierra Space – Jan.31.2023
** Aging | We research. You benefit. – European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube
Did you know that living in space has similar effects on the body to natural aging on Earth?
Spaceflight research is helping astronauts live healthier in space, but also everybody on Earth to grow old gracefully.
As Europe’s population continues to significantly age, fiscal costs linked to pensions, health care and long-term care are expected to rise over the coming decades. Population’s ageing is one of the most significant demographic and social trends of the 21st century, affecting nearly all the countries in the world.
Over the years, research conducted in space helped scientists get a better understanding of the biological processes hidden in our bodies playing an important role in the aging of the human body.
In particular the muscle and the skeletal systems have been studied in weightlessness offered by the International Space Station over the last 20 years: the results of these findings are promising in providing countermeasures to aging-related diseases.
Muscle loss (like that suffered by people forced in bed for long periods) and osteoporosis are just two examples of ailments that are having an increasing impact on human society, as the world’s population ages.
Research on bone and muscle loss in space helps scientists better understand the modifications in the bone and muscle structures.
Each of the topics covered in this short film can have large positive return for patients with muscle and bone pathologies here on Earth, enabling new prevention and treatment procedures to be developed.
The step to space research is closer than you might think. Get involved with spaceflight research via https://www.esa.int/spaceflightAO. Find out about our commercial partnerships and opportunities in human and robotic exploration via https://www.esa.int/explorationpartners to run your research in microgravity as well.
** Robotic Arm Control Team Strengthens Ground Support for Upcoming EVAs of Shenzhou-15 Astronauts – CCTV Video News Agency
The robotic arm control team of the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) have been stepping up preparations for the first extravehicular activities conducted by the Shenzhou-15 astronauts.
** 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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