Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Astronaut Josh Cassada Answers Rochester Museum and Science Center Student Questions- Feb. 10, 2023 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 68 Flight Engineer Josh Cassada answered pre-recorded questions about life and work on the orbiting laboratory during an in-flight event February 10 with students at the Rochester Museum and Science Center in Rochester, New York. Cassada 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.
** Astronaut Nicole Mann Talks with U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs – Feb. 7, 2023 – 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 February 7 with members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. 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.
** Russia launches Progress 83 cargo ship to space station – VideoFromSpace
A Soyuz rocket launched the Progress 83 cargo ship rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Feb. 9, 2023. It is carrying about 3 tons of food and other supplies. Full Story: https://www.space.com/russia-launch-p…
** Progress MS-22 docking – SciNews
The Progress MS-22 spacecraft autonomously docked to the aft port of the Zvezda service module, on the International Space Station, on 11 February 2023, at 08:45 UTC (03:45 EST). Progress MS-22 (ISS Progress 83 mission) delivers about three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 68 crew aboard the International Space Station.
** Shenzhou-15 Astronauts Complete Their First Spacewalk – CCTV Video News Agency
The Shenzhou-15 astronauts on board the orbiting Chinese Tiangong space station completed their first spacewalk at 00:16 (Beijing Time) on Friday, according to the China Manned Space Agency.
- China Station Crew Completes “Unprecedented” Space Walks | Leonard David – Feb.10.2023
- China’s Shenzhou 15 astronauts take their 1st spacewalk | Space.com – Feb.10.2023
** Shenzhou-15 astronauts complete first spacewalk – SciNews
According to the China National Space Administration (CNSA), the first extravehicular activity of the Shenzhou-15 (神舟十五) mission was completed on 9 February 2023, at 16:16 UTC (10 February, at 00:16 China Standard Time), when astronauts Junlong Fei (费俊龙, commander) and Lu Zhang (张陆) safely returned to the Wentian Laboratory Module (问天实验舱).
** 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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