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Image: After a successful launch aboard the Japanese HTV9 cargo vehicle, a new experiment facility was recently installed in the European laboratory Columbus as part of a comprehensive upgrade of Europe’s International Space Station module.NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley (imaged above) manoeuvred the fridge-sized European Drawer Rack Mark 2(EDR2) to its new position. EDR2 is designed to run in parallel with the original European Drawer Rack, providing even greater opportunities for science in space. A feat that would be much more difficult on Earth, installing EDR-2 in weightlessness was not exactly physically taxing, but required careful manoeuvring in the limited space. Watch a video of the installation.EDR2 is a flexible experiment facility, able to support a wide range of experiments and technology demonstrators. It supports experiments by providing power, data communication, cooling and nitrogen, and venting waste gasses. The rack is designed to accommodate many types of instruments with different dimensions and masses. EDR2 can even support experiments nearby but not inside the experiment rack, so long as these are hosted inside the Columbus cabin.The first three experiments planned for installation in EDR-2 include a metal 3D printer, an instrument investigating granular materials (VIP-GRAN) and a facility looking into heat transfer.ESA intends to use the 3D printer to produce metal parts through additive manufacturing – a process considered the next important step in building structures and parts in space.The VIP-GRAN experiment will investigate how particles behave in microgravity to understand the underlying physics in detail. This involves looking at how particles jam together as they flow through small openings.The Heat Transfer Host experiment will continue ESA’s investigations into convection – how heat is transferred through air and liquids.EDR-2 arrived to the International Space Station on 20 May on a Japanese HTV-9 cargo vehicle and took the place of the European Transport Carrier (ETC); having served its time as a workbench and stowage facility, ETC was transferred to the HTV 9 spacecraft and will now be trashed.The EDR-2 and most of its experiments and technology demonstrators will be operated from CADMOS, the French User Support Operations Centre located in Toulouse, France. 

07/08/2020

ESA Education

Video: 00:07:13 Introduction video: [hyperlink back to main project video]How to receive SSTV images from the International Space Station using iOS.Websites shown in this video: https://soundcloud.com/spacecomms/pd120-sstv-test-recordinghttp://websdr.orghttps://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.ukhttp://ariss-sstv.blogspot.comThis is an instructional video intended to teach members of the general public how to receive pictures transmitted over amateur radio by the International Space Station. The content of this video is for educational purposes only. ESA provides no warranty as to the accuracy of the information provided in this video and expressly disclaims liability for any errors or omissions that a viewer may find in the information and/or procedures shown in this video. ESA shall further not be held liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage occurring as a result of improper application or understanding of the information and/or procedures shown in this video. 

07/08/2020

ESA Education

Video: 00:04:34 How to receive SSTV images from the International Space Station using Android.
Websites shown in this video:
https://soundcloud.com/spacecomms/pd120-sstv-test-recording
http://websdr.org/
https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/
http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/
This is an instructional video intended to teach members of the general public how to receive pictures transmitted over amateur radio by the International Space Station. The content of this video is for educational purposes only. ESA provides no warranty as to the accuracy of the information provided in this video and expressly disclaims liability for any errors or omissions that a viewer may find in the information and/or procedures shown in this video. ESA shall further not be held liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage occurring as a result of improper application or understanding of the information and/or procedures shown in this video.

07/08/2020

ESA Education

Video: 00:09:28 How to receive SSTV images from the International Space Station using Mac OSX.
Websites shown in this video:
https://www.qsl.net/kd6cji/downloads.html
https://github.com/mattingalls/Soundflower/releases
https://soundcloud.com/spacecomms/pd120-sstv-test-recording
http://websdr.org/
https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/
https://www.heavens-above.com/
http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/
This is an instructional video intended to teach members of the general public how to receive pictures transmitted over amateur radio by the International Space Station. The content of this video is for educational purposes only. ESA provides no warranty as to the accuracy of the information provided in this video and expressly disclaims liability for any errors or omissions that a viewer may find in the information and/or procedures shown in this video. ESA shall further not be held liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage occurring as a result of improper application or understanding of the information and/or procedures shown in this video.

07/08/2020

ESA Education

Video: 00:16:07 Did you know that astronauts on the International Space Station send pictures from space to ground over amateur radio that you yourself can get at home using your computer? Let us show you how to get them, step by step.
Websites shown in this video:
https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk
https://www.heavens-above.comThis project would not have been possible without the support of ESA Education, ESERO Ireland, ESERO Denmark, ESERO Spain, ESERO Portugal, ESERO Romania, ESERO Italy, ARISS and Goonhilly Earth Station.This is an instructional video intended to teach members of the general public how to receive pictures transmitted over amateur radio by the International Space Station. The content of this video is for educational purposes only. ESA provides no warranty as to the accuracy of the information provided in this video and expressly disclaims liability for any errors or omissions that a viewer may find in the information and/or procedures shown in this video. ESA shall further not be held liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage occurring as a result of improper application or understanding of the information and/or procedures shown in this video.

07/08/2020

ESA Education

Video: 00:12:08 How to receive SSTV images from the International Space Station using Windows 10.
Websites shown in this video:
http://users.belgacom.net/hamradio/rxsstv.htm
https://soundcloud.com/spacecomms/pd120-sstv-test-recording
https://vhf-goonhilly.batc.org.uk/
http://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/
https://www.heavens-above.comThis is an instructional video intended to teach members of the general public how to receive pictures transmitted over amateur radio by the International Space Station. The content of this video is for educational purposes only. ESA provides no warranty as to the accuracy of the information provided in this video and expressly disclaims liability for any errors or omissions that a viewer may find in the information and/or procedures shown in this video. ESA shall further not be held liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage occurring as a result of improper application or understanding of the information and/or procedures shown in this video.

07/08/2020

SpaceRef Astronomy

The molecular gas in galaxies is organised into a hierarchy of structures....

07/08/2020

Astrobiology

Over 200 molecules have been detected in multiple extraterrestrial environments, including glycolaldehyde (C2(H2O)2, GLA), a two-carbon sugar precursor that has been detected in regions of the interstellar medium....

07/08/2020

Astrobiology

Geological evidence suggests liquid water near the Earth's surface as early as 4.4 gigayears ago when the faint young Sun only radiated about 70 % of its modern power output....

07/08/2020

Astrobiology

TRAPPIST-1 is a fantastic nearby (~39.14 light years) planetary system made of at least seven transiting terrestrial-size, terrestrial-mass planets all receiving a moderate amount of irradiation. To date, this is the most observationally favourable system of potentially habitable planets....

07/08/2020