Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Expedition 69 Crew Relocates Soyuz MS-23 on International Space Station -April 6, 2023 – NASA Video
The Roscosmos Soyuz MS-23 undocked from the Poisk module on the International Space Station and relocated for a docking to the Prichal module April 6. Aboard the Soyuz for the brief flight were NASA astronaut Frank Rubio and Roscosmos cosmonauts Dimitri Petelin and Soyuz commander Sergey Prokopyev. The maneuver opened the Poisk docking port for the arrival of the Progress 84 resupply vehicle that will launch later this spring. MS-23 launched uncrewed Feb. 24 to replace the damaged Soyuz MS-22 which undocked and returned to Earth March 28.
** Russia and the U.S. team up in space to relocate Soyuz to new ISS port – CBS News
A Soyuz spacecraft has been successfully relocated to a new port on the International Space Station. This will clear the way for a trio of upcoming Russian spacewalks. CBS News senior space analyst William Harwood joins “CBS News Mornings” to explain the collaboration that took place between Russian cosmonauts and U.S. astronauts to make the move possible.
** Expedition 69 Astronaut Woody Hoburg Talks with Finding Mastery Podcast – April 11, 2023 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 69 Flight Engineer Woody Hoburg of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight interview April 11 with the “Finding Mastery” podcast. Hoburg is in the midst of long-duration mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions. 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.
** Ax-2 Mission Overview – Axiom Space – Youtube
Axiom Space, NASA, SpaceX, and the Saudi Space Commission will provide an overview of the Ax-2 mission. The event will provide a high-level review of mission operations and objectives and officially kicks off major media effort for the Ax-2 mission.
06:22 Opening Remarks
07:56 Michael Suffredini, CEO & President, Axiom Space
13:38 Peggy Whitson, Ax-2 Commander, Axiom Space
16:56 Mishaal Ashemimry, Microgravity Research Lead, Saudi Space Agency
19:38 Angela Hart, Commercial LEO Development Program Manager, NASA
21:12 Joel Montalbano, International Space Station Program Manager, NASA
23:13 Sarah Walker, Director of Dragon Mission Management, SpaceX
26:32 Q&A session with press
- Ax-2 Mission
- Axiom Space targeting May 8 for launch of next astronaut mission | Space.com – Apr.6.2023
- Second Axiom Space mission to ISS scheduled for May | SpaceNews – Apr.7.2023
** NASA Groundlink: Q&A with Crew Isolated in HERA Habitat (C6M4) – NASA Johnson
Crew members Sandra Herrmann and Katie Koube, from HERA Campaign 6 Mission 4, answer questions from students all over the world. NASA’s “Groundlink” series connects students with crew currently inside NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA, a habitat here on Earth. Through simulation of long-term human space travel, these crew are on a mission to help scientists learn more about how isolation, confinement, and remote conditions will affect astronauts on Artemis missions to the Moon and on future missions to Mars.
Similar to educational Downlinks, which connect students with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, Groundlinks give students the opportunity to ask HERA crew their questions. Through the crew’s answers, students can learn more about how NASA prepares humans to live and work in space.
Students can submit questions to analog crew members on HERA’s website: https://www.nasa.gov/analogs/hera
NASA’s Human Research Program pursues methods and technologies to support safe, productive human space travel. Through science conducted in laboratories, ground-based analogs, and the International Space Station, this team scrutinizes how spaceflight affects human bodies and behaviors. Such research drives NASA’s quest to innovate ways that keep astronauts healthy and mission-ready as space travel expands to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
Learn more about how NASA innovates for the benefit of humanity at: https://www.nasa.gov/hrp
** 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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