Here is the latest episode in NASA’s Space to Ground weekly report on activities related to the International Space Station:
** Look Back at Earth with NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan
On Friday, April 6, 2020, NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan began his day by taking a peaceful look back at our planet, out of the International Space Station’s cupola. The cupola serves as a place for astronauts to gaze back at Earth, and take photographs as a part of the Crew Earth Observations investigation. Images like the ones Morgan is taking here, can help us monitor how our planet is changing over time, and inform important scientific research. https://go.nasa.gov/2Vk48xC
** Expedition 62 Inflight Interview with the State of Maine – April 13, 2020
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 62 Flight Engineers Jessica Meir and Chris Cassidy of NASA, both natives of Maine, answered questions submitted by students from schools in Maine during an in-flight educational event April 13. Meir is completing a six-and-a-half month mission on the orbital outpost, heading for a landing in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz spacecraft April 17. Cassidy arrived on the station April 9 to begin a six-and-a-half month sojourn.
** Expedition 62 to 63 Change of Command Ceremony – April 15, 2020
Expedition 62 Crew Hands over Space Station to Expedition 63 Command of the International Space Station was passed from Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos to Chris Cassidy of NASA during a ceremony on the orbital outpost on April 15. Skripochka is returning to Earth April 17 with Expedition 62 crewmates Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir in the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. Skripochka and Meir will have completed 205 days in space, while Morgan will have spent 272 in orbit. Cassidy remains on the station as commander of Expedition 63 with crewmates Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos.
** Expedition 62 Landing – April 17, 2020
International Space Station’s Expedition 62 Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan of NASA landed safely on Earth near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, April 17 after bidding farewell to their colleagues on the complex and undocking their Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft from the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station. Skripochka and Meir completed 205 days in space, and Morgan wrapped up a 272-day mission on the orbital outpost.
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