Space News Webcasts: Next Space Station Crew Takes Questions

The next space station crew, including NASA's Andrew Morgan, ESA's Luca Parmitano and Roscosmos' Alexander Skvortsov,  will discuss their upcoming mission today at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT). Watch live in the window above, courtesy of NASA TV. The trio will lift off on July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

From NASA:

NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, along with crewmates Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will discuss their upcoming mission to the International Space Station in a news conference at 2 p.m. EDT, Friday, April 19,at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. 

The crew is scheduled to launch to the space station aboard the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:25 pm EDT (9:25 pm Baikonur time) July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.They will join NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague and station commander Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos for Expedition 60, and stay behind for Expedition 61 when the three crew members currently aboard the station return to Earth, leaving Parmitano as space station commander.

This will be Morgan’s first spaceflight, Parmitano’s second and Skvortsov’s third.

NASA selected Morgan, a medical doctor and colonel in the U.S. Army, as an astronaut in 2013. Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, he grew up in a military family and attended school across the United States and in Great Britain, but considers New Castle, Pennsylvania, to be his hometown. 

Morgan earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and a doctorate of medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to his selection by NASA, Morgan deployed with special forces units in support of combat operations overseas.

Over the course of their mission to the space station, Morgan and his crewmates will take part in about 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth to advance scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences. Science conducted on the space station continues to yield benefits for humanity and will enable future long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space, including the Moon and Mars. 

Live HD Views of Earth from Space

You can watch live, high-definition views of Earth from the International Space Station thanks to NASA's High Definition Earth Viewing experiment (HDEV). This live video provides alternating views from four of the station's external cameras nearly 24/7, with the exception of regular and temporary dropouts that occur when the station switches its connection between different communications satellites. Watch it live in the window above, courtesy of NASA TV. 

From NASA:

"Behold, the Earth! See live views of Earth from the International Space Station coming to you by NASA's High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment.

"While the experiment is operational, views will typically sequence through the different cameras. If you are seeing a black image, the Space Station is on the night side of the Earth. If you are seeing an image with text displayed, the communications are switching between satellites and camera feeds are temporarily unavailable. Between camera switches, a black & gray slate will also briefly appear.

"The experiment was activated on April 30, 2014 and is mounted on the External Payload Facility of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module. This experiment includes several commercial HD video cameras aimed at the Earth which are enclosed in a pressurized and temperature controlled housing. To learn more about the HDEV experiment, visit:

"Please note: The HDEV cycling of the cameras will sometimes be halted, causing the video to only show select camera feeds. This is handled by the HDEV team, and is only scheduled on a temporary basis. Nominal video will resume once the team has finished their scheduled event."

'ISS Live!' Tune in to the International Space Station

Find out what the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station are up to by tuning in to the "ISS Live" broadcast. Hear conversations between the crew and mission controllers on Earth and watch them work inside the U.S. segment of the orbiting laboratory. When the crew is off duty, you can enjoy live views of Earth from Space. You can watch and listen in the window below, courtesy of NASA.

From NASA:

"Live video from the International Space Station includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This video is only available when the space station is in contact with the ground. During 'loss of signal' periods, viewers will see a blue screen.

"Since the station orbits the Earth once every 90 minutes, it experiences a sunrise or a sunset about every 45 minutes. When the station is in darkness, external camera video may appear black, but can sometimes provide spectacular views of lightning or city lights below." 

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