Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – Apr.24.2023

Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:

** NRCSD25 Deployments [April 24, 2023] – Nanoracks

A recording of the live web stream on April 24, 2023 showing the deployment by Nanoracks of 6 CubeSats from the International Space Station.

Deployment of the ExAlta-2 (3U), LightCube (1U), and ArkSat-1 (1U) CubeSats happens at the 32:52 point in the video.

Deployment of the NEUDOSE (2U), AuroraSat (2U), and YukonSat (2U) CubeSats happens at the 42:52 point in the video.

** The Ballad of the Overview Effect | Down to Earth NASA Johnson

In preparation for Earth Day, view our beautiful planet from above, with commentary from NASA astronauts.

** Earth in 4K – Space Station Expedition 67-68 Edition NASA Johnson

The people who’ve been to Earth orbit for the rare opportunity to see our home planet from a whole different angle say this blue marble in space is really quite beautiful and awe-inspiring when seen from 250 miles straight up. Here’s your chance to see if you agree: these ultra-high definition video scenes, captured between March 2022 and March 2023 during the International Space Station’s Expeditions 67 and 68, let you imagine yourself as a station crew member with an hour off duty and nothing better to do than look out the window as the world, literally, passes by.

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** Expedition 69 Northrop Grumman CRS-18 Cygnus Cargo Craft Departs Space Station – April 21, 2023 – NASA Video

The unpiloted Northrop Grumman CRS-18 Cygnus cargo craft was released from the nadir port of the Unity Module of the International Space Station April 21 by flight controllers on the ground in Houston, Texas. NG-18 launched on November 7, 2022 on an Antares rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, beginning a two-day flight to the International Space Station. Following a April 21 deorbit engine firing, Cygnus will begin a destructive re-entry in which the spacecraft, filled with trash, will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

** Space Station Astronauts Discuss Life in Space with Medscape Cardiology and KDKA-TV – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 69 Flight Engineer Frank Rubio of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight interview April 18 with Medscape Cardiology. Following this event, Expedition 69 Flight Engineer Woody Hoburg of NASA discussed life board the space station during an in-flight interview with KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh. Rubio and Hoburg are in the midst of long-duration missions 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.

** Post Malone Calls NASA Astronauts in Space for Earth DayNASA

Artist and music producer Post Malone spoke with NASA astronauts Steve Bowen and Woody Hoburg, who are currently living and working on the International Space Station.

In a special Earth Day conversation, Posty chatted with the astronauts about what it’s like to see Earth from above and what makes our blue planet special.

The space station is an orbiting laboratory traveling at a speed of 17,500 mph (25,000 kph), completing one trip around Earth about every 90 minutes. Crew members carry out research and conduct thousands of experiments that have contributed to medical and social benefits on our home planet, allowing us to find new ways to combat disease and develop technologies to deliver clean water to remote communities in need. More:

Celebrate Earth Day with NASA:

** Robotic arm on space station moves radiator during Russian spacewalk – VideoFromSpace

During a Russian spacewalk outside the International Space Station on April 18, 2023, the European robotic arm moved a radiator from the Rassvet module to the Nauka module. Full Story:…

** The European Robotic Arm in actionSciNews

The European Robotic Arm was used to move a radiator from the Rassvet Module and attach it to the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module, during Roscosmos’ Spacewalk 56, on 19 April 2023. ERA consists of two end effectors, two wrists, two limbs and one elbow joint together with electronics and cameras. Both ends act as a “hand” for the robot.
Credit: ESA/NASA/Roscosmos
Music: “No.1 A Minor Waltz by Esther Abrami” courtesy of YouTube Audio Library

** Shenzhou 15 astronauts set Chinese record for most spacewalks by single crewVideoFromSpace

Shenzhou 15 astronauts Fei Junlong and Zhang Lu completed the crew’s 4th spacewalk outside the Tiangong space station on April 15, 2023. It broke the record for most spacewalks by single Chinese crew. Full Story:…

** 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:

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:


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