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Coverage Set For Next International Space Station Crew Launch


NASA Television will provide extensive coverage of prelaunch, launch and docking activities of the next trio of crew members who will fly to the International Space Station.

NASA TV coverage of the Soyuz TMA-05M launch begins at 8:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 14. NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, veteran Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will launch to the station at 9:40 p.m. (8:40 a.m., July 15 Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jul/HQ_M12-127_Expedition_32-33_TV_Coverage.html

Trio From International Space Station Lands Safely In Kazakhstan


Three members of the Expedition 31 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sunday, July 1, wrapping up a mission that lasted six-and-a-half months.

Russian Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers landed their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft in Kazakhstan at 3:14 a.m. CDT (2:14 p.m. local time) after undocking from the space station’s Rassvet module at 11:47 p.m. June 30. The trio, which arrived at the station Dec. 23, 2011, spent a total of 193 days in space, 191 of which were aboard the station.

During their expedition, the crew supported more than 200 scientific investigations involving more than 400 researchers around the world. The studies ranged from integrated investigations of the human cardiovascular and immune systems to fluid, flame and robotic research.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jul/HQ_12-222_Soyuz_Landing.html

ISS Transit of Venus

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

High above Earth, astronaut Don Pettit is preparing to photograph the June 5th Transit of Venus from space itself.
“I’ve been planning this for a while,” says Pettit, who serves as Flight Engineer onboard the International Space Station. “I knew the Transit of Venus would occur during my rotation, so I brought a solar filter with me when my expedition left for the ISS in December 2011.”
Because transits of Venus come in pairs that occur once every 100 years or so, humans have rarely had the chance to photograph the apparition from Earth, much less from Earth orbit.

“The Expedition 31 crew will be the first people in history to see a Venus transit from space, and Pettit will be the first to photograph one,” says Mario Runco, Jr. of the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Runco, an astronaut himself who flew aboard three shuttle missions, is an expert in the optics of spacecraft windows. Along with his wife Susan Runco, who is the coordinator for astronaut photography at JSC, Mario is helping Pettit gather the best possible images of the transit.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/ISS-VenusTransit.html

SpaceX Dragon Transports Student Experiments to Space Station

May 22, 2012 Leave a comment

The SpaceX Dragon capsule, which on Tuesday became the first commercially developed and built spacecraft to launch to the International Space Station, is carrying among its cargo a suite of 15 science experiments designed by students.
Known collectively as Aquarius, the experiments will assess the effects of microgravity on physical, chemical and biological systems. The students have been immersed in every facet of research, from definition of the investigation to experiment design, proposal writing and a formal NASA proposal review for selection of flight experiments.
“This unique student activity adds a new dimension to the International Space Station and its role as America’s only orbiting national laboratory,” said Leland Melvin, NASA’s associate administrator for Education. “It also clearly demonstrates that students still can actively participate in NASA microgravity opportunities in the post-shuttle era.”

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/may/HQ_12-160_SpaceX_Student_Experiments.html

Expedition 31 Trio Blasts Off for International Space Station

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

The Soyuz spacecraft launched at 10:01 p.m. CDT.

NASA Television will provide live docking coverage beginning at 11 p.m. on May 16. Hatch opening and welcoming ceremonies will occur about three hours later on May 17.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/may/12-156_Exp31-32_Launch.html

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

NASA To Hold Briefing Previewing SpaceX Mission To Space Station

April 3, 2012 1 comment

NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston will hold a media briefing on Monday, April 16, to preview the SpaceX demonstration mission to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for launch April 30.

The briefing will immediately follow a Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conducted by senior NASA managers, space station partners and SpaceX officials. The review likely will conclude in the early afternoon. The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and on the agency’s website.

During the flight, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will conduct a series of checkout procedures, which will test and prove its systems in advance of the rendezvous with the space station. The primary objectives for the flight include a fly-under of the station at a distance of 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) to validate the operation of sensors and flight systems necessary for a safe rendezvous. The spacecraft also will demonstrate the capability to abort the rendezvous.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/apr/HQ_M12-057_Space_X_FRR.html

Coverage Set for European Cargo Delivery to Space Station

March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

NASA Television will broadcast live the flight of the European Space Agency’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo ship to the International Space Station. Coverage will begin with its launch on Thursday.

The 13-ton “Edoardo Amaldi” spacecraft, named in honor of the 20th-century Italian physicist who is regarded as one of the fathers of European spaceflight, will carry 7.2 tons of propellant, water and supplies to the six crew members aboard the orbital laboratory.

An Ariane 5 rocket that will place the cargo ship into orbit is scheduled to launch at 11:34 p.m. CDT on March 22 from the Arianespace launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. NASA TV’s coverage of the launch will begin at 11 p.m.

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/mar/HQ_M12-044_ATV-3_Launch_Schedule.html