Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 Mission to the Space Station (Official Trailer) – NASA
NASA and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than 1:45 a.m. EST Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, for the launch of the agency’s Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station.
The four Crew-6 crewmates – Commander Stephen Bowen, Pilot Warren “Woody” Hoburg, Mission Specialist UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Mission Specialist Roscosmos cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev – will dock the Dragon spacecraft, named Endeavour, to the forward port on the space station’s Harmony module about 23 hours after liftoff.
Crew-6’s science mission includes cutting edge research aimed at keeping astronauts and spacecraft safe during deep space exploration, and studies that could lead to improved medical treatments for humans back on Earth. Experiments will include studies of how particular materials burn in microgravity, tissue chip research on heart, brain, and cartilage functions, and an investigation that will collect microbial samples from the outside of the space station. These are just some of the more than 200 science experiments and technology demonstrations that will take place during their mission.
You can watch the launch live on NASA TV, NASA.gov, the NASA app, and on social media (@NASA).
Learn more about the Crew-6 mission here: https://blogs.nasa.gov/crew-6/
** A Future in Orbit – NASA
NASA’s investment in low-Earth orbit has launched a commercial economy in space. See how the private sector will expand the economic sphere with commercial cargo to space, commercial spaceflights, and commercial destinations in orbit, and how it will enable NASA to be one of many customers and advance human space exploration.
NASA Low-Earth Orbit Economy: https://www.nasa.gov/leo-economy/low-…
** Expedition 68 Astronaut Nicole Mann Talks with ESPN’s “Laughter Permitted” Podcast – Feb. 23, 2023 – VideoFromSpace
NASA Astronaut Nicole Mann talks with ESPN’s “Laughter Permitted” podcast live from the International Space Station’s Destiny Laboratory on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023.
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** NLRA 2023-6: In-space Production Applications: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing – ISS National Lab – YouTube
This webinar – held on February 23, 2023 – provided information of interest to offerors for NLRA 2023-6: In-space Production Applications: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing. The webinar offered details regarding the scope of the NLRA as well as the timeline, processes, and procedures for submitting proposals.
** Haircuts in space are team effort aboard Chinese space station – VideoFromSpace
See Chinese astronauts give hair cuts to one another aboard the Tiangong space station. A barber’s tools in space are a combination of trimmers and a vacuum cleaner. Watch more How-tos in space: https://videos.space.com/p/EoYEzhMC
** 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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