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2009-03-25 13:55:00

Crewmembers from the space shuttle Discovery left the International Space Station on Wednesday following an eight-day visit to make new installations to the orbiting outpost. Discovery and the space station closed their respective hatches at 1:59 p.m. EDT, marking the end of the STS-119 mission, NASA said. Shuttle astronauts took part in three spacewalks over the course of their visit to the space station. They completed the installation of the final pair of solar wings to the space station,...

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2009-03-25 07:35:00

The crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station took a break yesterday in and around transfer work ahead of today's farewell and undocking of the shuttle. The ten spacefarers also talked with President Barack Obama joined by school children at the White House and later with reporters covering their mission. The stage is set for Discovery to undock from the station at 2:53 p.m. today after the crew bids farewell to its temporary home and the Expedition 18 crew, leaving...

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2009-03-24 10:09:31

The crew members on board space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station get a breather from a busy timeline today as they near the end of their joint docked operations and prepare their vehicles for undocking Wednesday. The crew's wake-up song this morning, played for Mission Specialist John Phillips, was "Andrew's Song" by Treestump, a band in which Phillips' daughter plays. The shuttle and station crew members will spend the first half of their day on supplies and equipment...

2009-03-18 15:11:51

The astronauts on space shuttle Discovery are primed for rendezvous and docking operations that will link their ship to the International Space Station this afternoon and deliver a new crew member. The crew was awakened at 8:44 a.m. CDT with "Radio Exercise," performed by the Tokyo Broadcast Children's Choir. The song traditionally accompanies exercise for Japanese schoolchildren, and was played for astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who's to become his...

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2009-03-18 13:26:52

Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas -- The astronauts on space shuttle Discovery are primed for rendezvous and docking operations that will link their ship to the International Space Station this afternoon and deliver a new crew member. The crew was awakened at 8:44 a.m. CDT with "Radio Exercise," performed by the Tokyo Broadcast Children's Choir. The song traditionally accompanies exercise for Japanese schoolchildren, and was played for astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace...

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2009-03-18 06:35:00

Space Shuttle Discovery successfully docked with the International Space Station at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday to prepare for the crew's 13-day mission, which will include installation of new equipment to the orbiting outpost and swapping out an ISS crewmember. Discovery Commander Lee Archambault guided the shuttle to its docked position as they flew 220 miles over Australia. Before closing the final 600 feet to the station, Archambault commanded Discovery through a "backflip" allowing the...

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2009-03-17 11:58:22

The astronauts on space shuttle Discovery are primed for rendezvous and docking operations that will link their ship to the International Space Station this afternoon and deliver a new crew member. The crew was awakened at 8:44 a.m. CDT with "Radio Exercise," performed by the Tokyo Broadcast Children's Choir. The song traditionally accompanies exercise for Japanese schoolchildren, and was played for astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who's to become his...

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2009-03-12 11:45:00

International Space Station Expedition 18 crew members had to take precautionary measures due to space debris that had been determined to be within the range where a collision was possible. News of the close approach came too late for flight controllers to coordinate an avoidance maneuver. A portion of a spent satellite motor was within the distance of the station's debris avoidance maneuver requirement "box." Crew members entered their Soyuz TMA-13 capsule and soft-locked the hatches,...

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2009-03-10 15:20:00

A Russian cosmonaut and his U.S. counterpart onboard the International Space Station (ISS) conducted a spacewalk Tuesday to perform some routine maintenance work before this week's scheduled arrival of the space shuttle Discovery. American commander Mike Fincke and Cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov were scheduled to make repairs, take pictures and install an experiment during the six-hour spacewalk, according to a mission official. The orbiting outpost's laboratory hatch opened at 1622 GMT, an AFP...

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2009-03-09 13:47:12

NASA Television will air the launch of the next residents of the International Space Station and the return of the current station crew. Coverage begins with a broadcast of prelaunch activities March 11 and continues through the landing of the current station crew on April 7. Expedition 19 Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Michael Barratt and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi, a U.S. citizen, are scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft to the station from...


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Michael Fincke
2012-09-19 14:10:13

Michael Fincke is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut who holds the record for the most time spent in space. He was born Edward Michael Fincke on March 14, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; however, he grew up in its suburb, Emsworth. Fincke graduated from Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, Pennsylvania in 1985, and subsequently attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on an Air Force ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 1989 as a double major and earned both a Bachelor...

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2011-04-18 23:18:19

Gregory Chamitoff is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He was born Gregory Errol Chamitoff on August 6, 1962 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is married to Alison Chantal Caviness, M.D., and together they have two children, Natasha and Dimitri. His interests include scuba diving, backpacking, skiing, and racquetball. He graduated from Blackford High School in San Jose, California in 1980. As an undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University, Chamitoff taught courses in...

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