Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Astronaut Koichi Wakata Answers Japanese Astronaut Recruitment Questions – Feb. 15, 2023 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 68 flight engineer Koichi Wakata of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview February 15 as part of a recruitment event for JAXA astronauts. Wakata launched on October 5 on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endurance” as part of Crew-5 which is 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.
** Gravitas: Saudi Arabia to send its first woman astronaut to Space – WION
Saudi Arabia will send its first-ever woman astronaut to the International Space Station this year, as per an official statement. Rayyana Barnawi will join fellow Saudi male astronaut Ali Al-Qarni on the space mission. Priyanka Sharma explains.
- Ax-2 Mission | Axiom Space
- Saudi astronauts selected for Axiom private astronaut mission | SpaceNews – Feb.13.2023
- Axiom Space Announces Ax-2 Crew, Second All-Private Mission to Space Station | Axiom Space – Feb.13.2023
- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Returns to Space by Sending a Male and Female Astronaut to the International Space Station | Axiom Space – Feb.12.2023
** Meet Peggy Whitson, Ax-2 Commander – Axiom Space
Axiom Space is guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leader in providing space infrastructure as a service, Axiom offers end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while privately developing its successor – a permanent commercial destination in Earth’s orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home. More information about Axiom can be found at www.axiomspace.com.
** Meet John Shoffner, AX 2 Pilot – Axiom Space
** Gravitas: First Arab Astronaut to spend 6 months in space – WION
Sultan Al-Neyadi will be making history as the first Arab Astronaut to be part of a long-duration space mission. Molly Gambhir gets you his story.
- Crew-6 Enters Quarantine for Mission to Space Station | Commercial Crew Program – Feb.13.2023
- What You Need to Know about NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 Mission | NASA – Jan.25.2023
- Commercial Crew Program | NASA
** See Chinese astronauts workout on Tiangong space station – VideoFromSpace
The Shenzhou-15 crew keeps fit with a “space bike,” a “resistance device” and a “space treadmill” aboard the Tiangong space station, according to China Central Television. See astronauts Deng Qingming and Zhang Lu get a workout in.
** Shenzhou-15 Crew, Ground Control Team Coordinate to Complete First Spacewalk – CCTV Video News Agency
The three Shenzhou-15 astronauts and the ground control team coordinated to complete the unprecedented extravehicular activities (EVAs) involving three modules of China’s space station on Friday.
** 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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