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Updated Coverage for NASA/SpaceX Launch and Mission to Station


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) is scheduled for liftoff on Saturday, May 19. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will occur from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity at 4:55 a.m. EDT.

NASA Television launch commentary from Cape Canaveral begins at 3:30 a.m.

During the flight, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule will conduct a series of check-out procedures to test and prove its systems, including the capability to rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station. The primary objectives for the flight include a flyby of the space station at a distance of approximately 1.5 miles to validate the operation of sensors and flight systems necessary for a safe rendezvous and approach.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/may/HQ_M12-087_Updated_SpaceX_Launch_Coverage.html

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Twisst – ISS alerts through Twitter

April 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Heavens With Lamps has found this great service from NASA on Twitter…

Heavens With Lamps

I just got this Tweet.

Hi, Riseupyoursoul!

ISS will be visible passing at your location -weather permitting- on

April 11, 2012, 05:56:04 MUT

Is it a good one?
This time, the International Space Station will be flying over at 27 degrees. It will look like a very bright star (magnitude -2.0).

Where to look?
ISS will come up in the north and will be heading for southeast. This pass lasts about 5 minutes.

Your location
Your Twitter bio says you are here: “Mauritius”, which Twisst thinks is at these coordinates: -20.348404, 57.552151. More info: Twisst and locations.

Coming up
The next pass of ISS after this one: April 13, 2012, 05:39:40 MUT

Mauritians, Remember….The early bird gets the worm.

So what is Twisst?

Twisst – tweeting ISS passes near you

Seeing the International Space Station fly over your head is a magical experience.

It crosses your sky often…

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NASA Holds News Conference with Station Crew Members


Three of the six crew members living aboard the International Space Station will take questions from reporters during a news conference on Wednesday, April 11, at 9:15 a.m. CDT. The conference will air live on NASA Television and will be streamed on the agency’s website.

The news conference will link up reporters with NASA Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Don Pettit and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers.

The crew members will discuss research they are conducting, the myriad of cargo delivery vehicles visiting the station — including SpaceX Dragon, the first American commercial vehicle — and the return of Burbank and cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin in their Soyuz spacecraft later this month.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/apr/HQ_M12-058_Expedition_30_News_Conf.html

NASA Seeks Hosts for Space Station Interactive Education Events


NASA is seeking formal and informal education organizations to host live in-flight interactive conversations between the next generation of explorers and astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Comprehensive proposals are being accepted for missions scheduled between September 2012 and March 2013. The deadline to submit is Friday, June 1, 2012.

During ISS Expeditions 33 and 34, NASA crew members Sunita Williams, Kevin Ford and Thomas Marshburn will participate in 20-minute question-and-answer sessions with students who will learn what it is like to live and work in space. While participants see and hear the crew members live from space, the crew does not see the audience.

U.S. education organizations including school districts, museums, science centers, national and regional education organizations and local, state and federal government agencies are eligible to participate. Organizations may apply individually or work together. NASA provides this opportunity at no charge to the host institution and will work with the organization to plan the event.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/apr/HQ_12-105_Hosts_Ed_Downlinks.html

Record-Setting Astronaut Lopez-Alegria Departs NASA

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Michael Lopez-Alegria, NASA’s most experienced spacewalker and the American holding the record for the single longest spaceflight mission, has left the agency.

Lopez-Alegria flew on four missions and performed 10 spacewalks during his career. He most recently served in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston as assistant director for the International Space Station (ISS).

“Mike has faithfully served the Flight Crew Operations Directorate for many years,” said Janet Kavandi, director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson. “His unique background and diplomatic skills have made him an outstanding FCOD assistant director for space station and lead for the Multilateral Crew Operations Panel. Mike’s tireless dedication to the safety and well-being of space station crews is well known. We will miss him and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/mar/HQ_12-077_Lopez_Alegria_Departs.html

International Space Station Heads of Agencies Joint Statement


The heads of the International Space Station (ISS) agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met in Quebec City, Canada, on March 1, 2012, to review the scientific, technological, and social benefits being produced through their collaboration, and to discuss plans for further broadening these benefits by continuing to advance the human exploration of space.

In reviewing the history of ISS development and the recent transition to a productive research and applications phase, three major areas of success were discussed: the historic engineering achievements, the unprecedented international partnership, and the ongoing progress being made through science. The heads noted that human exploration of space continues to yield valuable benefits to society and is strengthening partnerships among space-faring nations.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/mar/HQ_12-066_ISS_HOA_Statement.html

Station Astronauts Capture Stunning Views of U.S., Canada, Northern Lights

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently filmed what is among the most spectacular night imagery ever taken from space of the United States. The video, comprised of hundreds of sequential still images, will air on NASA Television’s video file beginning today.

The imagery also is available on the internet at NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth:

http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/feb/HQ_M12-027_ISS_Imagery.html