Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Launch of Northrop Grumman’s 19th Cargo Mission to the Space Station (Official NASA Broadcast) – NASA
Watch live as medical studies, a new water dispenser, artwork from students around the world, and other research and supplies lift off for the International Space Station on Northrop Grumman’s next rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia.
The mission’s uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft (named S.S. Laurel Clark) is scheduled to blast off atop an Antares rocket no earlier than Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, at 8:31 p.m. EST (0031 Aug. 2 UTC), docking with the ISS on Friday, Aug. 4.
** Meet the Next Crew Members Flying to the Space Station (Official NASA Briefing) – NASA Video
Crew members from NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission, and astronaut Loral O’Hara, who will fly to space for the first time, will discuss their upcoming missions to the International Space Station.
Crew-7 will carry NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli as well as JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the space station no earlier than Aug. 17, 2023.
O’Hara is set to launch aboard a Soyuz rocket on Sept. 15, 2023, to join the other crew members to conduct science experiments and research aboard the orbiting laboratory.
More on Crew-7: https://go.nasa.gov/471ovnh
** Astronaut controls humanoid robot from International Space Station – VideoFromSpace
The humanoid Rollin’ Justin simulates planetary operations during a ground-to-space exercise in 2018, with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. Gerst and Justin are both part of the German space agency (DLR). Gerst controlled the robot from the International Space Station, in a test of future lunar or Mars operations.
** Greece wildfires seen from International Space Station – The Independent
The smoke from wildfires currently littering multiple Greek Islands was filmed from the International Space Station.
The fires have forced tens of thousands of holidaymakers to evacuate the tourist hotspot islands of Rhodes and Corfu.
The evacuation order came after Jet2 and Tui cancelled all flights to Rhodes until Friday 28 July.
** 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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