Koichi Wakata in Space: Weekly YouTube Update - Vols. 20 & 21
Updates from Low Earth Orbit
JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata (Wiki here) is an excellent space resource. From 250 miles (400km) above the earth in his International Space Station residence, he broadcasts entertaining and informative Tweets and photos, and, in cooperation with other crew members and JAXA staff here on the ground, produces weekly, bi-lingual YouTube updates.
ISS YouTube Updates Vols. 20 & 21:
Due to like, you know, being in space and all, video production and delivery times can vary, and there's sometimes a bit of a backlog (and the ISS has been super busy these past few weeks). As such, as with two weeks ago, this time we're also serving up two helpings of Astronaut Wakata's space updates.
In Vol. 20, Astronaut Wakata is in the Japanese Kibo Module explaining and preparing for the upcoming CubeSat launch. A CubeSat is a relatively tiny (10cm) cube-shaped satellite used for scientific experiments. They aren't new, but their use is on the rise. Some CubeSats are quite innovative, but they also use commonly available tech and are relatively inexpensive.
In Vol. 21, a very quick update, Astronaut Wakata has his eyeball fluid pressure measured by American Astronaut Rick Mastracchio. It's not exactly a Star Trek tricorder, but it's still pretty cool that Houston is remotely controlling the measurement while one astronaut holds a blue medical thingy against the forehead of another.
Best of part of Vol. 21: the way Astronaut Wakata carefully enunciates "intraocular pressure." It's another in many examples of Astronaut Wakata showing a genuine commitment to clearly and simply describing the super-tech stuff he's doing up there.
Multimedia: JAXA; NASA; Koichi Wakata
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