Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Axiom Mission 2 Undocks from the International Space Station (Official NASA Broadcast) – NASA
After more than a week aboard the International Space Station, the four private astronauts of Axiom Space’s Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) are scheduled to undock from the station at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 UTC) on Tuesday, May 30.
Led by retired NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, the crew of Ax-2—Whitson, pilot John Shoffner, and mission specialists Ali Alqarni and Rayyanah Barnawi—engaged in technology demonstrations, spoke with students around the world, and contributed to scientific experiments ranging from cancer treatments to weather research.
NASA’s integrated coverage of Axiom Mission 2 will conclude after the crew departs from the station in their SpaceX Dragon Freedom spacecraft. Ax-2 will splash down off the coast of Florida later today; follow Axiom Space and SpaceX on social media for Ax-2 splashdown updates:
** Expedition 69 Axiom Mission 2 International Space Station Farewell Remarks – May 29, 2023 – NASA Video
Aboard the International Space Station, Axiom Mission-2 crewmembers Peggy Whitson, John Shoffner, Ali Alqarni, and Rayyanah Barnawi provided farewell remarks May 29 ahead of their scheduled undocking from the space station May 30. The crew has been living and working on the International Space Station since May 22 following a launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 21. Axiom Mission-2 is the second private astronaut mission to the space station.
** Ax-2 Mission Update | May 29 – 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.
** Ax-2 Mission Update | May 27 – Axiom Space
** Ax-2 Mission | John Shoffner & MIT HUMANS – Axiom Space
** SpaceX CRS-28 Research Overview: Genes in Space 10 – ISS National Lab
SpaceX’s 28th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station (ISS) will launch from the Kennedy Space Center no earlier than Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 12:35 pm EDT. This mission will carry several investigations sponsored by the ISS National Laboratory, ranging from regenerative medicine research to technology demonstrations, small satellites for deployment, and student-led experiments. The mission also includes a student-led genetics experiment on collaboration with the annual Genes in Space competition. Learn more about this investigation here!
** Expedition 69 – Progress 84 Cargo Ship Docks to International Space Station May 24, 2023 – NASA Video
The uncrewed Roscosmos ISS Progress 84 cargo spacecraft launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan May 24 on a Soyuz booster rocket. Progress is filled with almost three tons of supplies and cargo and docked to the Poisk module after completing a two-orbit, three-hour rendezvous. The resupply spacecraft will remain docked to the space station until later this year.
** China’s Shenzhou 16 crew docks and enters Tiangong space station – VideoFromSpace
Shenzhou 16 taikonauts Jing Haipeng, Zhu Yangzhu and Gui Haichao have arrived at the Tiangong space station after a roughly 7 hour flight. The crew launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center atop a Long March 2F rocket. See the launch: https://www.space.com/china-shenzhou-…
** Honoring the 50th Anniversary of NASA’s Skylab: America’s First Space Station – NASA
America’s first space station and the first crewed research laboratory in space, Skylab, lifted off on May 14, 1973.
Skylab helped pave the way for permanent operations in low-Earth orbit. Over the course of its human occupation from May 25, 1973, to Feb. 8, 1974, three crews visited Skylab, carrying out 270 scientific and technical investigations in astronauts’ physiological responses to long-duration space flight, Earth sciences, solar physics, and astronomy.
The research conducted on Skylab helped prepare NASA for living and working in space on the International Space Station, and our journey to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
To learn more about Skylab, check out: https://www.nasa.gov/skylab
** 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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