Friday, August 27, 2021: The leg protruding from the Japanese Kibo bulkhead of the International Space Station belongs to Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. It has not been revealed what tasks he performed within the walls of the orbital laboratory with his upper body.

This photo was posted on Twitter by Hoshide’s colleague and European astronaut Thomas Pesquet on Thursday (August 26).
“@Aki_Hoshide is immersed in his work,” Pesquet said in a tweet. “Is this science? maintain? Maybe @ESA_CAVES
flashback? The Frenchman added, referring to the European Space Agency’s astronaut training course, which saw astronauts living in an isolated cave system for several weeks in preparation for isolation on the space station.

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landslide Announcement
on Mars captured by the European probe
. Landslide in the Aeolis area of ​​Mars captured by the European trace gas orbiter ExoMars.
(Image source: ESA)
Thursday, 26 of August 2021: The European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter discovered a) landslide on the rim of a crater in the Aeolis area of ​​Mars.

This image was taken on April 13, 2021, but only published on August 25, capturing a large amount of material cut from the 22-mile (35-kilometer) rim of the crater. However, ESA stated in a statement that the landslide was not recent and cannot be accurately determined. The image shows interesting geomorphic features, including ridges running along the length of the landslide. The exact area where the mass has collapsed is not visible in this image.

The ExoMars trace gas orbiter arrived on Mars in 2016 with the failed Schiaparelli lander. The complete scientific mission of the orbiter began in 2018. In addition to its science program, it will also provide communications with Earth for the delayed ExoMars Rosalind Franklin Rover, which is expected to land on the Red Planet in 2023.

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Pepper plants bloom on space station
Pepper plants arrived at the International Space Station in early June as seeds and have recently begun to bloom.
(Image source: NASA)
Wednesday, August 25, 2021: NASA announced on Twitter that pepper seeds sent to the International Space Station in early June have been turned into plants and have recently begun to bloom.
48 Hatch pepper seeds arrived at the orbital post with the SpaceX Dragon CRS22 commercial supply mission. Since then, they have been grown in roasted clay, fed with fertilizer specially formulated for peppers and released in a controlled manner.

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As part of the Plant Habitat04 experiment, these plants were placed in Advanced Plant Habitat, which is currently the largest of the space station’s three plant rooms. These plants can almost be pollinated now. Since there are no bees in space, a special fan installed in a high-tech planting box will accomplish this task.
A group of scientists remotely monitor experiments from the ground, controlling irrigation, lighting and other environmental conditions. Hatched chili peppers were selected for this experiment due to their nutritional value.

Currently, astronauts depend mainly on food with a long shelf life that is regularly brought in from the earth. Fresh produce is a welcome change from a sometimes boring diet. In future long-term missions, such as a trip to Mars, astronauts will have to grow most of the food because it cannot be supplied regularly.

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