Category Archives: Living in Space

Videos: “Space to ground” ISS report – Oct.25.2019

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

** Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir reflect on the first All Woman Spacewalk [Short version]

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir reflect on the historic spacewalk they performed on Oct. 18 – the first ever to be conducted by two women. They spent a total of 7 hours and 17 minutes in the vacuum of space. It was Koch’s fourth spacewalk and Meir’s first.

**Expedition 61 Crew News Conference with Jessica Meir and Christina Koch – October 21, 2019 [Complete version]

** Expedition 61 In Flight Event with the SMPTE Conference – October 24,2 019

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 61 Flight Engineers Christina Koch, Jessica Meir and Drew Morgan of NASA discussed the value of capturing imagery of human spaceflight from orbit and the future use of video and digital still cameras for deep space exploration during a question and answer session Oct. 24 with participants at a broadcast industry conference in Los Angeles. The three NASA astronauts are in various stages of long duration missions on the orbital laboratory.

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Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Oct.19.2019

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

** First All-Woman Spacewalk

On Oct 18, NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch performed the first all-woman spacewalk. Koch & Meir replaced a faulty battery charge/discharge unit that failed to activate after a previous spacewalk. This was the fourth spacewalk for Christina Koch and the first for Jessica Meir.

** Scientific Investigations Set for Space on Northrop Grumman CRS-12: Radiation Protection, Rover Control, and More Headed to Space Station | NASA

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft scheduled to liftoff in early November will carry supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station. The investigations making the trip range from research into human control of robotics in space to reprocessing materials for 3D printing.

Videos: “Space to Ground” ISS report – Oct.11.2019

This week’s episode of NASA’s Space to Ground reports on activities related to the International Space Station:

** NASA Astronauts Spacewalk Outside the International Space Station on Oct. 6, 2019

** Living and Working: Valuable Spaceflight Data Collaboration Tool

The International Space Station is the largest human-made structure in low Earth orbit (LEO) and serves as a space environment research laboratory where astronauts perform experiments in several unique fields including physics, astronomy, and biology. NASA’s Genelab collects valuable spaceflight experiment data for researchers and scientists to learn from this unique environment. GeneLab is an interactive, open-access resource where scientists can upload, download, store, search, share, transfer, and analyze omics data from spaceflight and corresponding analogue experiments. The biological studies conducted on the International Space Station generate critical data that scientists use to determine how terrestrial biology changes as a result of spaceflight.

** Meet Former NASA Astronaut Kathy Sullivan: the First American Woman to Walk in Space

35 years ago, on October 11, 1984, NASA astronaut Kathy Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. We video chatted with Kathy to ask her about this historic feat as well as her thoughts on the upcoming all-female spacewalk scheduled to take place October 21, 2019, with NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir.

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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.

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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.

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