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-5: A Scientific Mission – NASA
From growing tomatoes to studying cosmic rays to observing quantum mechanics, the four crew members of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission contributed to more than 100 scientific investigations and technology demonstrations during their five months aboard the International Space Station. These experiments help prepare humans for future space exploration missions while bringing benefits for humanity back to Earth.
Learn more about the science of Crew-5 as our astronauts get ready to head home: https://go.nasa.gov/3T2gbgw
** Expedition 68 NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Space Station Farewell Remarks – March 8, 2023 – NASA Video
NASA astronauts Frank Rubio, Nicole Mann, Josh Cassada, Stephen Bowen, and Woody Hoburg, as well as JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata, UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Andrey Fedyaev, Sergey Prokopyev, Dimitri Petelin, and Anna Kikina gave remarks on March 8 aboard the International Space Station in anticipation of the upcoming departure of the Crew-5 mission. Mann, Cassada, Wakata, and Kikina, crew members of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5, are headed home wrapping up their long-duration mission on the orbital outpost.
** NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Flight Day 3 Highlights – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina began their journey back to Earth on Saturday, March 11. SpaceX Crew Dragon Endurance closed its hatches and autonomously undocked shortly after at 2:05 a.m. EST. NASA and SpaceX are targeting 9:19 p.m. EST Saturday for a splashdown that will wrap up a nearly six-month science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration flights as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.
** Students from the Caribbean and Central America Speak to the International Space Station – NASA Johnson
During this event, students from the Caribbean and Central America had the opportunity to speak with Astronaut Josh Cassada to learn about natural disaster research and monitoring, as seen from the unique perspective of the International Space Station. More than 400 questions were submitted by schools in the region. The selected questions were related to climate change and monitoring hazard events such as hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and coastal erosion.
Learn more about the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program at https://www.ariss.org/.
** UAE VP calls space station to talk to SpaceX Crew-6 astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi – VideoFromSpace
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum from the United Arab Emirates called the International Space Station to talk to UAE astronaut Sultan AlNeyadi. AlNeyadi recently arrived at the orbital laboratory as part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission. Full Story: https://www.space.com/united-arab-emi…
** SpaceX CRS-27 mission to space station – Science payloads explained – VideoFromSpace
Learn what science payloads are being shipped aboard Cargo Dragon to the International Space Station on the SpaceX CRS-27 mission. See the CRS-26 launch: https://www.space.com/spacex-launch-c…
** SpaceX CRS-27 Research Overview; Cardinal Heart 2.0 – ISS National Lab – YouTube
Researchers from Stanford University are launching a new series of tissue chip investigations to the space station to evaluate heart cells and test new therapeutics for improving the quality of life of patients on Earth and beyond. Learn more about this investigation!
** China’s Two-photon Microscope Captures Cell Images of Astronauts in Orbit – CCTV Video News Agency
The Chinese astronauts aboard the Shenzhou-15 have successfully obtained the three-dimensional structural images of their skin cells with the country’s self-developed two-photon microscope, a recent video released by the China Manned Space Agency showed.
** Live Video from the International Space Station (Official NASA Stream) – NASA
Watch live video from the International Space Station, including inside views when the crew aboard the space station is on duty. Views of Earth are also streamed from an external camera located outside of the space station. During periods of signal loss due to handover between communications satellites, a blue screen is displayed.
The space station orbits Earth about 250 miles (425 kilometers) above the surface. An international partnership of five space agencies from 15 countries operates the station, and it has been continuously occupied since November 2000. It’s a microgravity laboratory where science, research, and human innovation make way for new technologies and research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. More: https://go.nasa.gov/3CkVtC8
Did you know you can spot the station without a telescope? It looks like a fast-moving star, but you have to know when to look up. Sign up for text messages or email alerts to let you know when (and where) to spot the station and wave to the crew: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov
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