Category Archives: Living in Space

Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – July.8.2022

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

** Nanoracks Bishop Airlock – International Space Station Trash Deployment – View #1Nanoracks – YouTube

On July 2, 2022, Nanoracks, powered by Voyager Space, opened the Bishop Airlock to deploy waste from the International Space Station. This was the first time that the Bishop Airlock was opened and closed for a full cycle. Nanoracks deployed approx. 350 lbs of trash.

** Nanoracks Bishop Airlock – International Space Station Trash Deployment – View #2Nanoracks – YouTube

** Expedition 67 – Space Station Astronauts Answer Florida Student Questions -July 6, 2022NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, NASA Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins of NASA answered pre-recorded questions about life and work on the orbital laboratory during an in-flight event July 6 with students at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center in Vero Beach, Florida. Hines and Watkins are in the midst of a science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory 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.

** Fourth of July in space! Astronauts beam down messageVideoFromSpace

NASA astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Robert Hines share a Fourth of July message from the International Space Station. — The Fourth of July night sky: Here’s what you can see on Independence Day: https://www.space.com/fourth-july-202…

** What do you hear, Starbuck?European Space Agency, ESA on Youtube

FedCon is one of Europe’s largest science fiction conventions, its 2022 edition held earlier this month in Bonn in Germany. Actors from the many incarnations of Star Trek, as well as Star Wars, Doctor Who, and other science fiction shows met with thousands of fans. ESA has been taking part in FedCon since 2015, with talks, panels, and a stand covering our space science, earth observation, and human exploration missions. At this year’s event, scientists and engineers from ESTEC, ESOC, and the EAC gave talks about JWST, Rosetta, mission operations, and careers with ESA.

In addition, to help celebrate FedCon’s 30th anniversary, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sent a special message from her current Minerva mission on the ISS. She was dressed in an outfit worn by flight crew in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series (2004–2009) and wearing the dog tags of famed Viper pilot, Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. Samantha previously appeared as a speaker at FedCon in 2018 and also took part in a 2020 episode of the Space Rocks Uplink vodcast with Katee Sackhoff, who played Starbuck in the series. While we may not yet have invented a faster-than-light drive as used in Battlestar Galactica, ESA turns science fiction into science fact every day, exploring and studying the near-Earth environment, the Solar System, and the Universe beyond, to innovate, inform, and inspire. And we’re always happy to share that excitement with our friends around the world, through events like FedCon and much more.

** China’s Shenzhou-14 Crew Completes Several Missions in OrbitCCTV Video News Agency

China’s Shenzhou-14 crew has stayed in orbit for over a month, completing several missions on board the space station core module Tianhe. On June 5, the Shenzhou-14 manned spacecraft was launched at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The trio became the third batch of astronauts to work in the Chinese space station and are expected to work there for six months. This time around, astronauts need to build the manned space environment after they enter Tianhe, setting the mode of the core module into a manned state and switching on equipment and facilities used for ventilation, purification, regeneration and water treatment. In addition, astronauts have conducted tests on water, air and microorganisms inside Tianhe.

This comes as some microorganisms may lead to health problems of the astronauts and can even be corrosive toward various of facilities. As such, astronauts have also installed and tested the facility used for carbon dioxide reduction in a bid to generate more oxygen in Tianhe. Furthermore, a material management system has been officially set up to assist astronauts in locating specific material in Tianhe for more efficiency. Right now, astronauts are carrying out experiments, covering maglev, non-package materials and aerospace medicine. For a safer travel outside the space station complex, astronauts have checked and tested the function and performance of Feitian spacesuits, which will protect astronauts when they conduct extravehicular activities from Wentian lab module.

While in Tianhe, astronauts also need to go through regular body checkups to monitor their health condition. Apart from body checkups, astronauts also train themselves with medical aid skills even in space to enable themselves to approach any potential emergencies. Working six days per week, the trio enjoys doing exercises with safety belts on, which are totally different from that on Earth, to keep fit and stay healthy. Later on, the Shenzhou-14 crew will deliver a livestream science lecture at China’s space station lab module Wentian, which is scheduled to be launched this month. It will be the first time for the crew to broadcast a live lecture from a space lab module. Previous space classes by the Shenzhou-13 crew were given from the station’s core module Tianhe. The trio will cooperate with the ground team to complete the construction of the country’s space station, developing it from a single-module structure into a national space laboratory with three modules — the core module Tianhe and two lab modules Wentian and Mengtian.

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – July.1.2022

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

** Watch Cygnus cargo ship undock and move away from space stationVideoFromSpace

Northrop Grumman’s robotic Cygnus freighter, named S.S. Piers Sellers, undocked from the International Space Station on June 28, 2022. Full Story: https://www.space.com/cygnus-cargo-sp…

** Expedition 67 – Northrop Grumman CRS-17 Cygnus Cargo Craft Departs Space Station – June 23, 2022NASA Video

The unpiloted Northrop Grumman CRS-17 Cygnus cargo spacecraft was released from the nadir port of the Unity Module of the International Space Station June 28 by flight controllers on the ground in Houston, Texas. NG-17 launched February 19 on an Antares rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, beginning a two-day flight to the International Space Station delivering about 8,300 pounds of research, hardware, and science experiments to the microgravity laboratory. Following a June 29 deorbit engine firing, Cygnus will begin a destructive re-entry in which the spacecraft, filled with trash, will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.

** Expedition 67 – Astronaut Jessica Watkins Talks with KNBC-TV Los Angeles – June 27, 2022 NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event June 27 with KNBC-TV in Los Angeles, California. Watkins is in the midst of a science expedition mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory. The goal of her mission is 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.

** Astronauts Complete Various Tasks to Construct China’s Own Space StationCCTV Video News Agency

The three Chinese astronauts who have been piloting the Shenzhou-14 spaceship have completed a slew of tasks including material transfer and arrangement, manned space environment building, cabin equipment installation and debugging after the trio have spent 19 days at the Tianhe core module of China’s Tiangong space station.

** China’s Shenzhou-14 Astronauts Treat Space Station to Deep CleanseCCTV Video News Agency

After organizing the supplies aboard China’s Tiangong space station, the Shenzhou-14 crew gave it a deep cleanse. Regular cleaning is part of the daily routine of maintaining the space station. Astronauts also practice physical exercises to maintain muscle strength while in space.

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – June.24.2022

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

** STEMonstrations: Simple Machines NASA Johnson

Watch NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough as he discusses the six types of simple machines and shows simple and compound machines currently in use aboard the International Space Station. Do you think microgravity affects how simple machines are used in space? Learn how simple and compound machines play an integral role in an astronaut’s mission 250 miles above Earth. Be sure to check out https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations for more videos like this along with their corresponding Classroom Connection lesson plans.

** A New Chapter | Down to Earth – S2:E5 NASA Johnson

In this week’s episode of Down to Earth, NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Warren “Woody” Hoburg discuss the NASA and SpaceX Demo-2 mission, human spaceflight history, and the challenges of spacewalking.

** Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Answers University Student, Teacher Questions -June 21, 2022NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview for the Italian Space Agency on June 21. Cristoforetti launched in April on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom for a long-duration science mission to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.

** International Space Station Research & Development Conference 2022  – ISS National Lab – YouTube

Research in space benefits life on Earth. There is a powerful platform in low Earth orbit waiting for you, ready to advance your research and development goals. Take the next step and attend the conference that will expand your horizons and get you on the path to space-based research with the International Space Station National Laboratory. ISSRDC 2022: July 25-28, in Washington, D.C. Register now: https://issnl.us/du

** China’s Shenzhou-14 Crew Sets Up Water Supply System in Space Station Core ModuleCCTV Video News Agency

China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) on Saturday released a video of the three Chinese astronauts who are piloting the Shenzhou-14 spaceship setting up water supply system and conducting water quality test. 

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – June.17.2022

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

** Expedition 67 Space Station Talks with NASA, European Space Agency, Italian Officials-June 17, 2022NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 crew members Kjell Lindgren, Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins of NASA and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed life and work aboard the orbital outpost during an in-flight event June 17 with NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, ESA officials, and ministerial representatives in Rome. Lindgren, Hines, Watkins, and Cristoforetti are in the midst of a long-duration science mission living and working aboard the microgravity laboratory. The goal of their mission is 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.

** Inflight call with ESA astronaut Samantha CristoforettiEuropean Space Agency, ESA on Youtube

An educational in-flight call with ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on board the International Space Station for teachers and students in Europe, connecting live with local events organised by ESERO Italy, ESERO Portugal and ESERO Luxembourg.

** China’s Shenzhou-14 Crew Busy with Various Tasks After 13 Days in Space StationCCTV Video News Agency

The three Chinese astronauts who have been piloting the Shenzhou-14 spaceship are now busy with a slew of work tasks after the trio have spent 13 days at the Tianhe core module of China’s Tiangong space station.

** International Space Station Radios | Talk to Astronauts | Cross-Band Repeater OpsTim Kreitz Adventures

How to use the radios onboard the International Space Station, presented to the Midland Amateur Radio Club by W5GFO.

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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Videos: “Space to Ground” & other space habitat reports – June.10.2022

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

** Astronaut Discusses Life Aboard Space Station During Investing in Space ConferenceNASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 67 Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed living and working in space during an in-flight interview for the Financial Times of London “Investing in Space” conference June 9. Cristoforetti launched in April on the SpaceX Crew Dragon Freedom for a long duration science mission to advance scientific knowledge and demonstrate new technologies for future human and robotic exploration missions.

** Adapt | Down to Earth – S2:E4 NASA Johnson

This week on Down to Earth: Conversations, former NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg explore what it’s like to adapt to life on station.

** Going Outside: Exploring the Future NASA Johnson

What will it take to get humanity further into the cosmos… the suits they wear, of course! From the surface of the Moon to the Space Station, American astronauts have been suiting up to explore for over fifty years. With Mars on the horizon, the next generation of spacesuits will propel us to a new future of learning, exploration, and discovery. https://www.nasa.gov/suitup

** China’s Shenzhou-14 crew launches to Tiangong space stationVideoFromSpace

A Chinese Long March 2F rocket launched astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe to the Tiangong space station On June 4, 2022. Full Story: https://www.space.com/china-shenzhou-…

** China’s Shenzhou-14 crew docks with Tiangong space stationVideoFromSpace

Chinese astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe arrived at the Tiangong space station on June 5, 2022.

** See China’s Shenzhou-14 crew enter Tiagong space station after dockVideoFromSpace

Chinese astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang and Cai Xuzhe entered the Tiangong space station on June 5, 2022 shortly after docking.

** ISS Live video stream – IBM/ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Currently, live views from the ISS are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node 2 camera is not available due to operational considerations for a longer period of time, a continuous loop of recorded HDEV imagery will be displayed. The loop will have “Previously Recorded” on the image to distinguish it from the live stream from the Node 2 camera. After HDEV stopped sending any data on July 18, 2019, it was declared, on August 22, 2019, to have reached its end of life. Thank You to all who shared in experiencing and using the HDEV views of Earth from the ISS to make HDEV so much more than a Technology Demonstration Payload!

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