International Space Station: January 2021

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

Understanding how microgravity impacts perception, vision and combustion highlighted Thursday's research aboard the International Space Station.

With NASA astronaut Victor Glover monitoring aboard the International Space Station, an upgraded SpaceX cargo Dragon spacecraft undocked from the International Docking Adapter on the station's space-facing port of the Harmony module at 9:05 a.m. EST.

As the International Space Station orbits Earth, its four pairs of solar arrays soak up the sun's energy to provide electrical power for the numerous research and science investigations conducted every day, as well as the continued operations of the orbiting platform.

Northrop Grumman's Cygnus space freighter departs the International Space Station moments after being released from the Canadarm2 robotic arm on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, completing a 93-day cargo mission attached to the orbiting lab.

By capsule, helicopter, boat, plane, and car, space station science experiments are about to make a first of a kind journey back to researchers on Earth.

NASA's Space to Ground is your weekly update on what's happening aboard the International Space Station.

The Expedition 64 crew had a light duty day Thursday following a busy holiday season filled with space research and U.S. cargo ship departure preparations.

At 10:10 a.m. EST, flight controllers on the ground sent commands to release the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft from the Canadarm2 robotic arm after earlier detaching Cygnus from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module.

About three months after delivering several tons of scientific experiments and supplies to the International Space Station, Northrop Grumman's uncrewed Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to depart the orbiting laboratory Wednesday, Jan. 6.

The seven-member Expedition 64 crew relaxed on New Year's Day and went into the first weekend of 2021 researching space biology.

NASA astronaut and Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Kate Rubins works inside the Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) servicing engineered heart tissue samples for the Cardinal Heart study that seeks to understand space-caused cell and tissue abnormalities. The LSG is located inside Japan's Kibo laboratory module.

t has been a busy year of research aboard the International Space Station. In November, we celebrated the 20th year of continuous human presence aboard the space station, which so far has hosted 242 people and more than 3,000 science experiments.

The men and women who live and work on the International Space Station take thousands of photographs of their home planet every year, and we asked the folks at the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA's Johnson Space Center for a few of their favorites from 2020.

The seven Expedition 64 crew members aboard the International Space Station will see the New Year sixteen times today and take the day off on the first day of 2021.

How can you have a ball "drop" when there is no up or down?