Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli is one of the real NASA astronauts whose life story contributed to the development of our fictional character, Commander Callie Rodriguez – the first woman to set foot on the Moon in our “First Woman” graphic novel series.
From the International Space Station, Jasmin introduces the brand new installment in the series, “Issue No. 2: Expanding our Universe” and shares her excitement for Callie’s new lunar mission.
The seven-member Expedition 70 crew poses for a portrait inside the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory module. In the front row (from left) are, Commander Andreas Mogensen from ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA Flight Engineers Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O'Hara. In the back are, Roscosmos Flight Engineers Nikolai Chub, Konstantin Borisov, and Oleg Kononenko; and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa.
25 years of remarkable achievements.
On Dec. 6, 1998, the six-member STS-88 crew mated Unity, the first U.S. element of the International Space Station, with the already-orbiting Zarya module, beginning the historic assembly of the orbiting laboratory.
Carried by Endeavour, Unity launched into orbit during the first space shuttle mission to the station, along with astronauts Nancy Currie, Jerry Ross, Robert Cabana, Frederick Sturckow, James Newman, and cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev.
Throughout the 12-day mission, Ross and Newman conducted three spacewalks to attach cables, connectors, and handrails between the two modules.
Four days after mating, the space station opened for the first time, welcoming the crew aboard and setting the pace for a future of living and working in low-Earth orbit.
25 years ago today, the first two modules of the International Space Station – Zarya and Unity – were mated during the STS-88 mission of space shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle’s Canadarm robotic arm reached out and grappled Zarya, which had been on orbit just over two weeks, and attached it to the Unity module stowed inside Endeavour’s payload bay. Endeavour would undock from the young dual-module station one week later beginning the space station assembly era.
The seven-member Expedition 70 crew called down to Earth today and discussed with NASA Associate Administrator Bob Cabana and International Space Station Program Manager Joel Montalbano the orbital outpost’s accomplishments since the assembly era began on Dec. 6, 1998. Cabana was the commander of Endeavour when both modules were robotically mated then outfitted during a series of spacewalks. Montalbano, NASA’s sixth station leader since the program’s inception, remarked today, “We want to celebrate today all the people who designed, built, and operate the International Space Station.”
Pic 1) Space shuttle Endeavour's Canadarm robotic arm was used to grapple the Zarya module and connect it to the Unity module stowed in the shuttle's payload bay on Dec. 6, 1998.
Pic 2) The space station is pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during its departure and flyaround on Nov. 8, 2021.
Pic 3) The seven-member Expedition 70 crew
Pic 4) International Space Station Program Manager Joel Montalbano
Pic 5) NASA Associate Administrator Bob Cabana
The International Space Station is the world’s premiere orbital laboratory and represents the work of people and organizations representing 15 nations. The worldwide team works daily to operate and upgrade its capabilities.
On the first day of Christmas the space station (@iss ) gave to me…
Beautiful views of our home planet to see 🌎
1. The Tian Shan Mountain range in Central Asia. In the top left corner of the image, Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft solar array peeks through.
2. Snow drifts and scattered clouds mix in with the Karakoram Mountain range. Spanning the borders of Pakistan, India and China, the range is one of the world's most geological areas.
3. In the caldera of Nemrut, a dormant volcano in Turkey, is Lake Nemrut. Fed by hot springs, the freshwater lake sits at an elevation of roughly 7,300 feet (~2,200 meters). Near the bottom of the image is the alkaline Lake Van, the largest in the country.
4. The sun reflects off peaks of the snow-capped Swiss Alps while casting shadows in the foothills of the mountain range.
5. Lago O'Higgins, or San Martin Lake, flows between snow-capped mountain ranges in Chile.
6. Upsala Glacier, in between Chile and Argentina, flows into Lago Argentina.
7. The glacier-capped Mount Rainer ascends up to 14,400 feet (~4,400 meters) above sea level. As the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S., the active volcano slopes through Mount Rainer National Park, southeast of Seattle.
8. The tallest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji. The summit of the active stratovolcano spends five months out of the year covered in snow, reaching over 12,000 feet (~3,700 meters) in elevation.
The Progress 86 cargo craft, carrying nearly three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 70 crew aboard the station, successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:25 a.m. EST this morning.
The uncrewed cargo craft will spend two days in orbit before automatically docking to the station’s Poisk module at 6:14 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.
Tune in for live coverage of rendezvous and docking on NASA TV and the agency’s website beginning at 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
Astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli uses a portable glovebag to service components inside the BioFabrication Facility (BFF), a biological printer that is testing the printing of organ-like tissues in microgravity.
The BFF was created as a part of a larger plan to manufacture whole human organs in space since microgravity provides a potential solution to printing complex organ structures. The BFF payload could become a part of a larger system capable of manufacturing whole, fully-functioning human organs from existing patient cells.