Category Archives: Living in Space

Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Oct.4.2019

This week’s episode of NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report about activities related to the International Space Station:

** Multinational Trio Undocks from Station, Heads Home to Earth – On Thursday, a Soyuz capsule departed from the ISS with “NASA astronaut and Expedition 60 Flight Engineer Nick Hague, Expedition 60 and Soyuz commander Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and visiting astronaut Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates“.

** Touchdown! Three Multinational Crewmates Return to Earth – The Soyuz safely landed a few hours later in Kazakhstan.

** #AskNASA From Space: Astronauts Answer Your Questions – Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir on the ISS answered questions from social media sent using #AskNASA.

** Station Focuses on Busy Spacewalk Period After Trio Returns Home – Space Station/NASA – Ten EVA’s planned for the ISS crew during the final months of 2019:

Five more spacewalks are planned in November and December aimed at repairing the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.


Outpost in Orbit:
A Pictorial & Verbal History of the Space Station

Videos: SSI 50 Space Settlement conference presentations

The Space Studies Institute is posting videos of the presentations and panel discussions at the recent SSI 50: The Space Settlement Enterprise conference held in Seattle.

Here are two videos of the initial panel session, which was titled Space Habitat Design:

  • Panel host Dallas Bienhoff of Cislunar Development Corp (at 00:05:20)
  • Bruce Pittman of Offworld Inc (at 00:13:00)
  • Robert Richards of Northrop Grumman (at 00:26:45)
  • Fred Scharmen of Morgan State University (at 00:38:40)
  • Suzanna Bianco of Space Cooperative and Space Decentral (at 00:47:50)
  • John Blincow of Gateway Foundation (at 01:01:45)
  • Al Globus of National Space Society and coauthor of The High Frontier An Easier Way (at 01:11:30)
  • Anthony Longman of Skyframe Research (at 01:32:20)

SSI has sponsored projects in exotic propulsion and Prof. Heidi Fearn talked about the Mach Effect Drive project, which has gotten NASA NIAC funding: SSI 50: Professor Heidi Fearn Mach Effect Drives Update | Space Studies Institute

SSI Senior Associate Professor Heidi Fearn of California State University Fullerton speaks at the lunch session of the SSI 50 gathering September 9th, 2019 st the Museum of Flight In Seattle.

Dr. Fearn who, along with SSI SA Dr. James Woodard, had just been featured in the August 2019 Issue of Scientific American, updates us on the status of the Exotic Propulsion Initiative.


The High Frontier: An Easier Way

Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Sept.27.2019

This week’s Space to Ground report from NASA on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Astronaut Moments: Jessica Meir- Exploring Extreme Environments

Astronaut Jessica Meir is no stranger to extreme environments. She’s studied penguins in Antarctica and mapped caves in Italy, all of which prepared her for the ultimate extreme environment: space.

** Expedition 61 Crew Docks to the International Space Station

After launching earlier in the day in their Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 61 Soyuz Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos, NASA Flight Engineer Jessica Meir and Spaceflight Participant Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates arrived at the International Space Station September 25. Their arrival completed a six-hour journey when they docking their Soyuz spacecraft to the Poisk module on the Russian segment of the complex.

** Expedition 60 Artemis Interviews Randy Bresnik Kentucky Media – September 26, 2019


Come Fly with Us: NASA’s Payload Specialist Program
(Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight)

Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Sept.20.2019

Here is the latest Space to Ground weekly report from NASA on activities related to the International Space Station:

** Microbiology 101: Where People Go, Microbes Follow | NASA

Microbes – bacteria and fungi – live everywhere, even the International Space Station. Scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center constantly monitor the station’s microbial community and now are testing using DNA sequencing to identify its tiny residents without returning samples to Earth – an important step to keep crews, and the places they visit, safe on future deep-space missions. Read more about space station microbiology: Learn more about the research being conducted on station:

** T-60 Seconds with Jessica Meir

You’ve got to know a lot to earn a master’s degree in space science and a doctorate in marine biology, and that’s before you consider all you need to learn to become a NASA astronaut. As it turns out, little of that knowledge applied as astronaut Jessica Meir sat for a barrage of questions just before her launch to the International Space Station—take a look.

** SpaceCast Weekly Sept 20 2019

SpaceCast Weekly is a NASA Television broadcast from the Johnson Space Center in Houston featuring stories about NASA’s work in human spaceflight, including the International Space Station and its crews and scientific research activities, and the development of Orion and the Space Launch System, the next generation American spacecraft being built to take humans farther into space than they’ve ever gone before.


Outpost in Orbit:
A Pictorial & Verbal History of the Space Station

Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Sept.13.2019

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

** Weightless flamesCleaner combustion on Earth, safer combustion in space | NASA

The Flame Design investigation is studying the quantity of soot produced under different flame conditions. The results of this experiment occurring aboard the International Space Station could enable the design of flames that are more sooty or soot-free, and allow for the creation of burner designs which are more efficient and less polluting. Read more about this and other flame research aboard the International Space Station: […]
Learn more about the research being conducted on Station:

Space Flame
“This flame was one of many ignited as part of the Flame Design investigation inside of CIR to investigate the amount of soot that is produced in different conditions. The yellow spots are soot clusters that glow yellow when hot. These clusters grow larger in microgravity than on Earth because the soot remains within the flame longer.” Credits: NASA

** STEMonstrations: Engineering Design – Trusses

The structure of the International Space Station relies heavily on a series of trusses engineered to withstand compression, tension, torsion and shear forces the station may encounter in low-Earth orbit. In this episode, Expedition 55/56 Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold explains the significance of these resilient structures and the forces they are up against in microgravity. Use the lesson plan that coincides with this video to emphasize the value of the engineering design process in your STEM classroom. Visit for more educational resources that explore the research and technology of the International Space Station.

** Expedition 60 Live Interviews with Doug Wheelock – September 12, 2019

Live Interviews with NASA Astronaut Doug Wheelock located at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio and broadcast from the Johnson Space Center. Astronaut Doug Wheelock, who is currently working at Glenn Research Center on the Orion spacecraft, discusses life in space and NASA’s plans to put the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024 through the agency’s Artemis program. The interviews were conducted on September 12, 2019.


Outpost in Orbit:
A Pictorial & Verbal History of the Space Station