Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – Oct.16.2023

This week’s selection of videos about space stations and living in space including NASA’s latest Space to Ground report for the International Space Station:

** Spacewalkers will collect samples to see if microorganisms exist on space station – AnimationVideoFromSpace

Astronauts Loral O’Hara and Andy Mogensen will “collect samples for analysis to see whether microorganisms may exist on the exterior” on the the International Space Station, according to NASA.

The spacewalk was scheduled for Oct. 11, 2023 but will be rescheduled due to leak on the Nauka module. Full Story:…

** NASA Astronaut Frank Rubio Talks with Media Following Record-Breaking Mission – Oct. 13, 2023NASA

NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, who returned to Earth on Sept. 27 after spending 371 days in space, discussed his historic mission in a news conference on October 13. Rubio broke the record for longest single spaceflight by an American astronaut during his mission aboard the International Space Station where he lived and worked to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions as part of NASA’s Moon and Mars exploration approach, including lunar missions through NASA’s Artemis program.

** NLRA 2024-1: In-Space Production Applications: Tissue Engineering and BiomanufacturingISS National Lab

This webinar – held on October 13, 2023 – provided information of interest to offerors for NLRA 2024-1: In-Space Production Applications: Tissue Engineering and Biomanufacturing. The webinar offered details regarding the scope of the NLRA as well as the timeline, processes, and procedures for submitting proposals.

** CA NV AZ UT Oct 13, 2023 0820 PDT –   ISS Above

This is a very special morning pass of the Space Station over SoCal – passing directly over NASA JPL – where many of the team who work on Mission To Psyche are based. Congratulations to the entire team for a successful launch (7:19AM PDT)!

This pass on Oct 12, 2023 8:20 a.m. PDT

NOTE: The pass features so many cities in the County of LA including LACity, and beyond – and then passes over NV / City Of Las Vegas across a corner of AZ and finishing over UT

SOURCE: NASA EHDC6 Live views of the Earth from the International Space Station

** A couple of items regarding space settlement:

*** John Jossy on The Space Show – A recent audio interview with space settlement proponent John Jossy. See his blog at  Space Settlement Progress. (A recent post addresses the question, Why settle space?)

*** Protect & Expand the Domain of Life, with Rick TumlinsonSpace Renaissance

Called one of the world’s top space “visionaries” and most influential people in the space field, Rick helped coin the term “NewSpace,” and is credited with helping birth the new commercial space industry highlighted by Musk, Bezos and Branson. A leading writer, speaker, and six-time Congressional witness, Rick helped start the first mission to find water on the Moon, signed the first space commercial data purchase agreement, led the commercial takeover of the Russian Mir space station, signed the first private astronaut to fly to the space station, co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation, and was a founding board member of the X-Prize. In 2015 he won the World Technology Award, along with Craig Venter of the Human Genome project. He founded the SpaceFund venture capital company with 20 space companies in its portfolio and is a member of the US Space Force Doctrine Organization Group. Rick’s Space Revolution “radiopod” is on IHeart Radio Network’s iRoc Space Radio and most podcast sites. He hosts the New Worlds Conference and Space Cowboy Ball in Austin, and his non-profit EarthLight Foundation is working to save the Earth while expanding life into the cosmos. They recently initiated Permission to Dream, to raise funds for placing a telescope in every middle school on Earth that wants one, so that new generations can see the rings of Saturn and the mountains of the Moon.

** 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:


ISS after undocking of STS-132

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