Category Archives: Space Systems

Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – July.2.2021

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

** Expedition 65 Progress 78 Docking – July 1, 2021NASA Video

An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo craft automatically docked to the Poisk module of the International Space Station July 1, carrying almost two tons of food, fuel and supplies for the crew members aboard the International Space Station. The ISS Progress 78 cargo vehicle launched to the station June 29 atop a Soyuz 2.1a booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

** Expedition 65 Cygnus NG 15 Release – June 29, 2021NASA Video

After a four-month delivery mission to the International Space Station, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo vehicle departed the orbital outpost June 29, bound for a deorbit and destructive entry into the Earth’s atmosphere July 1 over the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed the “SS Katherine Johnson”, the unpiloted Cygnus vehicle was released from the grasp of the Canadarm2 robotic arm by ground controllers after being unberthed from the station’s Unity module. Cygnus delivered some three tons of supplies and science experiments to the station following its launch in February atop a Northrop Grumman Antares launch vehicle.

** Expedition 65 Inflight Interview with CBS News and ABC News – July 2, 2021NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed their recent spacewalks and life and work aboard the orbital outpost during a pair of in-flight interviews July 2 with CBS News and ABC News. Kimbrough and Pesquet launched to the station in April aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and recently conducted a series of spacewalks to install and deploy the first pair of six new solar arrays that will augment the station’s power capability for the future.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – June.25.2021

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

** June 25: REWATCH | NASA SPACEWALK | ISS Expedition 65 U.S. Spacewalk 76  – space googlevesaire

Coverage of ISS Expedition 65 U.S. Spacewalk # 76 to Install the Second IROSA Solar Array on the P6 Truss for the 4B Channel Power System (Spacewalk scheduled to begin at appx. 8 a.m. EDT and will last 6 ½ hours; Pesquet and Kimbrough) Credit : NASA 

** June 20: Spacewalk to Install New International Space Station Solar ArraysNASA

… Sun. June 20 at 6:30 a.m. EDT (10:30 UTC) […]  NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet [..] work installing new, roll-up solar arrays on the International Space Station. Once their spacesuits [were] set to battery power around 8 a.m. EDT (12:00 UTC), the duo [spent] about 6.5 hours in the vacuum of space on this demanding task.

** Watch astronauts install a toilet on space station in time-lapse  – VideoFromSpace

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently installed a new toilet. “The new toilet should require less maintenance and extracts even more water from our waste!,” according to a tweet by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Credit: ESA

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other space station reports – June.18.2021

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

** U.S. Spacewalk 74 Animation – NASA Video

On Wednesday, June 16, NASA flight engineer Shane Kimbrough and ESA Astronaut (European Space Agency) Thomas Pesquet will exit the space station to install the first two of six ISS Roll-Out Solar Arrays (iROSAs) to ultimately upgrade six of the station’s eight power channels. They will install the first array on the far end of the left (port) side of the station’s backbone truss structure (P6) to upgrade the 2B power channel. On Sunday, June 20, the duo will install the second solar array to upgrade the 4B power channel on the P6 truss. The solar arrays arrived at the station in the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft as part of the company’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission to the station. This spacewalk will be the seventh for Kimbrough, and the third for Pesquet. This will also be the third spacewalk Kimbrough and Pesquet will conduct together, following two Expedition 50 spacewalks in January and March 2017. This will be the 239th spacewalk in support of station assembly, maintenance, and upgrades.

** Expedition 65 Spacewalk 74 and 75 Briefing – June 14, 2021 – NASA Video

On Monday, June 14, NASA hosted a news conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to discuss upcoming spacewalks to install new solar arrays to help power the International Space Station. The news conference participants were; Dana Weigel, deputy manager, International Space Station Program, Pooja Jesrani, spacewalk flight director, Kieth Johnson, spacewalk officer, and Dan Hartman, manager, Gateway Program

** Expedition 65 Shane Kimbrough Discusses IROSAs Spacewalk – June 14, 2021 NASA Johnson

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Shane Kimbrough of NASA discussed a pair of spacewalks he and crewmate Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) are scheduled to make June 16 and 20 to begin the installation of new ISS roll-up solar arrays (IROSAs) that will augment the power supply of the orbital outpost for the remainder of its lifetime. The first array of this initial pair of power generators, launched on the SpaceX Cargo Dragon flight two weeks ago, will be installed on the first of two spacewalks by Kimbrough and Pesquet on the far port truss of the station (P6 truss) to upgrade the power output for the station’s 2B power channel. A second spacewalk by Kimbrough and Pesquet will install the second roll-up array on the P6 truss for the 4B power channel. Four more arrays will be installed next year to complete the upgrades

** Spacewalk to Install New International Space Station Solar ArraysNASA

After more than 20 years, the International Space Station is getting new solar arrays, and you have the chance to watch it LIVE during a spacewalk! On June 16, Shane Kimbrough of NASA Astronauts and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency will venture into the vacuum of space for ~6.5 hours to install and deploy two roll-out solar arrays on the space station.

** Watch China’s Shenzhou-12 crew dock with new space station – VideoFromSpace

Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo docked with the space station core module Tianhe aboard their Shenzhou-12 spacecraft on June 17, 2021. They launched about 6.5 hours prior to docking from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert.

** Chinese astronauts enter new space station after 6.5 hour flight – VideoFromSpace

Chinese astronauts Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo entered the space station core module Tianhe on June 17, 2021. Full Story: https://www.space.com/shenzhou-12-doc…

They launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert and docked with the orbital outpost about 6.5 hours later.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – June.11.2021

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

** SpaceX Cargo Ship Arrives at the Space StationNASA

An unpiloted SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft automatically docked to the space-facing port of the Harmony module at the International Space Station June 5, delivering some three-and-a-half tons of supplies, scientific experiments and a pair of new station solar arrays to the outpost. The new arrays – called ISS Roll Up Solar Arrays, or IROSAs – are the first of three pairs of solar wings that will be attached to the port and starboard trusses of the lab to augment the station’s power output. Two spacewalks are scheduled in June to attach the first pair of arrays that were flown to the station on the Dragon vehicle.

** NASA Science Live: Engineering Human TissueNASA

Teams across the country have been competing for years to be the first to engineer functional human tissue in a lab. Now, scientists have accomplished this medical feat by creating thick vascularized human organ tissue, which could have profound implications both on Earth and off.  Join us LIVE on Wednesday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET, as we announce the official winner of NASA’s Vascular Tissue Challenge.

** NASA’s SpaceX CRS-22 What’s On Board Science Briefing NASA Video

Beginning at 11 a.m. EDT on June 2, 2021, NASA held a “What’s On Board?” briefing for NASA’s SpaceX CRS-22 commercial cargo launch to the International Space Station. The briefing featured: Jamie Foster, ADSEP-UMAMI, discussing an experiment studying symbiotic squid and microbes in microgravity; Thomas Boothby, Cell Science-04 (virtual), discussing an experiment studying tardigrade (water bears) survival under extreme environment conditions in space; Joe Blair and Jonathon Bonamarte, RamSat, discussing a cubesat built by Oak Ridge, Tennessee students from Robertsville Middle School. SpaceX’s 22nd contracted cargo resupply mission (CRS) to the International Space Station for NASA will deliver more than 7,300 pounds of science, research, crew supplies, and vehicle hardware, including new solar arrays, to the orbital laboratory and its crew. Launch is targeted for 1:29 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 3, 2021. Launch activities will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

** Building the Future of Space feat. Matt OndlerLimitless Space Institute – An update on plans for the Axiom commercial space station modules that will be attached to the ISS starting in 2024.

** INDIA and the Indian Ocean from the Space Station Camera. – space googlevesaire

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Videos: “Space to Ground” + Other ISS reports – June.4.2021

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

** Russian Spacewalk 48 Animation – NASA Video

Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos will conduct a spacewalk June 2 to complete the decommissioning of the Pirs Docking Compartment. The cosmonauts will disconnect electrical and telemetry cables and relocate spacewalking equipment and a cargo boom in preparation for Pirs’ undocking later this year and disposal while attached to the ISS Progress 77 cargo ship. Pirs’ departure will clear the Earth-facing port of the Russian segment of the station for the arrival of the new Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module that will launch later this year on a Russian Proton rocket. Novitskiy, who is designated as extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1), will wear a Russian Orlan spacesuit with red stripes. Dubrov will wear a spacesuit with blue stripes as extravehicular crew member 2 (EV2). This will be the first spacewalk for both cosmonauts and the 238th spacewalk overall in support of space station assembly, maintenance, and upgrades. It also marks the sixth spacewalk of 2021.

** Spacewalkers jettison container outside space station – See it float away!VideoFromSpace

Russian spacewalkers jettisoned an airtight container that housed a discarded fluid flow regulator during a spacewalk on June 2, 2021. It will eventually burn up in Earth’s atmosphere. Spacewalk wrap: https://www.space.com/cosmonauts-deco…

** Expedition 65 Inflight with People Magazine – June 1, 2021 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Megan McArthur of NASA discussed life and research on the complex during a question and answer session June 1 with People magazine. The interview followed up on a previous article People magazine ran about McArthur’s career with questions about her flight to the station on a commercial crew vehicle and the work being conducted on the laboratory. McArthur launched to the station in April aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle for a planned six-month mission.

** Expedition 65 European Space Agency Education Event – June 1, 2021 – NASA Video

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) discussed life and research on the complex during a virtual question and answer session June 1 with students living in France, Austria, the Netherlands and Estonia. Pesquet launched to the station in April aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon vehicle for a planned six-month mission.

** Space Station’s robotic arm hit by orbital debris – See the hole!VideoFromSpace

A recent inspection of the the International Space Station’s Canadarm2 has revealed that it was hit by orbital debris. See the hole that was created and a time-lapse of the robotic arm in action. Full Story: https://www.space.com/space-station-r... Snagging a Spacecraft with the Canadarm2: https://www.space.com/41776-capturing…

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