Space habitat reports – Feb.13.2024

Here is this week’s selection of videos and news items about space habitats, living in space, and space settlement. Starts with NASA’s latest Space to Ground report for the International Space Station:

** Progress MS-24 undocking SciNews

The Progress MS-24 spacecraft autonomously undocked from the aft port of the Zvezda service module, on the International Space Station, on 13 February 2024, at 02:09 UTC. Progress MS-24 (ISS Progress 85 mission) delivered about three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 69 crew aboard the International Space Station.

Credit: Roscosmos

Music: “Waltz of the Flowers by Tchaikovsky” courtesy of YouTube Audio Library

** ISS astronauts toss football, mention Taylor Swift in Super Bowl prep on space stationVideoFromSpace

NASA astronauts Loral O’Hara and Jasmin Moghbeli talk about the Super Bowl and “Swiftly come up to speed” in this pre-game video.

** Expedition 70 Space Station Crew Answers Massachusetts Student Questions – Feb. 9, 2024NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 70 Flight Engineer Loral O’Hara and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andy Mogensen discussed living and working in space during an in-flight event Feb. 9 with students attending the Central Tree Middle School in Rutland, Massachusetts. O’Hara and Mogensen are in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies. 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.

** European Space Agency (ESA) news:

Day and night cycle on the Space Station | ESA – Feb.8.2024

** Ax-3 Mission | ReturnAxiom Space

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – the world’s first commercial space station in low-Earth orbit, which will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home. For more information about Axiom Space, visit

** Happy Chinese New Year from the Tiangong space station crew – VideoFromSpace

The Shenzhou 17 crew Tang Shengjie, Tang Hongbo and Jiang Xinlin wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year from the Tiangong space station.

See also China’s Space Station Crew: Celebrating Year of the Dragon | Leonard David – Feb.12.2024

** Other news and articles:

** Highlight: The artwork that is The Appalachians Feb 6, 2024 – 12:16 EST ISS Above

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

** Highlight: SoCal – Los Angeles – San Diego – Feb 10, 2024 15:21 PST ISS Above

** 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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