Latest Expedition 2 Stories

2010-08-02 13:59:45

NASA managers will discuss updated plans for two International Space Station spacewalks during a news briefing at 3 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 2. The briefing replaces one originally scheduled for Tuesday. The news conference from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Journalists may ask questions from participating NASA locations. The briefers are: - Michael Suffredini, manager, International Space Station Program - Courtenay...

2010-07-27 10:05:00

A new video camera was installed outside the International Space Station late Monday night, early Tuesday morning during the 147th ISS spacewalk. Two Russian cosmonauts performed the spacewalk and installed a camera that can determine if the heat shield on the ISS is malfunctioning. Atlantis astronauts ran into a problem with the camera in May when the 100-foot inspection boom was rendered useless during the post launch inspection. Flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Mikhail...

2010-07-14 12:38:42

NASA officials will discuss an upcoming International Space Station spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts during a news briefing at 2 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 21. The briefing will take place at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Questions will be taken from journalists at participating NASA locations. The briefers are: - Dan Hartman, Integration and Mission Operations manager, International Space Station Program- Chris...

2010-04-10 14:10:00

Moving equipment and supplies brought to the International Space Station by Discovery, preparation for the mission's second spacewalk on Sunday and chats with media representatives and students filled much of the crews' day. The Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo, mounted on the station's Harmony node, was the source of much of the material moved. Major items launched in the module included 16 racks "“ among them four experiment racks. Before the crews' bedtime, they plan to move...

2010-04-07 05:15:00

The seven-member crew of Discovery docked to the International Space Station at 3:44 a.m. EDT. After a series leak checks between the vehicles they opened the hatches and joined the Expedition 23 crew aboard the outpost at 5:11 a.m. The crew docked the shuttle without radar because of the Ku-Band antenna failure. They are trained to rendezvous and dock without radar. Before docking, Commander Alan G. Poindexter commanded the shuttle to slowly rotate so that its underside was facing the...

2010-02-17 06:40:00

Endeavour Pilot Terry Virts opened the windows one at a time early Wednesday, giving spacewalkers Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick an early look into the International Space Station's room with a view that they had helped install. Behnken and Patrick wrapped up their third and final planned spacewalk, a 5-hour, 48-minute excursion, at 2:03 a.m. CST. They completed all of their planned tasks, removing insulation blankets and removing launch restraint bolts from each of the cupola's seven...

2009-08-27 07:05:00

As the Expedition 20 crew members continued preparations for a visit by space shuttle Discovery, they tackled a variety of science and maintenance duties aboard the International Space Station Wednesday. The launch target for STS-128 is Friday at 12:22 a.m. EDT. A problem with a fill-and-drain valve inside Discovery's aft compartment scrubbed the Wednesday morning launch attempt. Discovery is carrying more than seven tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional...

2009-07-26 06:50:00

After a day of rest, the 13 astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station will shift back into high gear for robotic operations and spacewalk preparations. The crew's Sunday wake-up music was composer George Frederic Handel's "Dixit Dominus." The excerpt was uplinked for Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette at 3:03 a.m. CDT. Overnight, flight controllers continued to manually operate the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA), which shares responsibility for...

2009-07-25 07:05:00

The combined crew of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station will enjoy a day off to rest up after a challenging first half of the STS-127 assembly mission. The song "In Your Eyes," by Peter Gabriel, was played as a wake-up call for the crew at 4:46 a.m. CDT. It was selected for Tom Marshburn, who completed his second spacewalk on Friday with Chris Cassidy. The spacewalkers completed the final four battery swaps for the Port 6 Truss structure, and those batteries are now...

2009-07-21 08:46:48

With two of five spacewalks and some of the most challenging robotics operations of the mission complete, the pace will let up briefly today for the international crews of STS-127 and Expedition 20. Robotic operations and spacesuit preparations will pave the way for the third spacewalk of the mission on Wednesday, but the International Space Station crew will enjoy an afternoon off. The crew was awakened at 5:03 a.m. CDT to the sounds of "Life Is a Highway," performed by Rascal Flatts. The...

Latest Expedition 2 Reference Libraries

James Shelton Voss
2012-10-27 14:01:58

James Shelton Voss is a retired NASA astronaut as well as a retired United States Army Colonel. Voss now serves as the Vice President of Engineering at SpaceDev. On March 3, 1949, Voss was born in Cordova, Alabama but later moved to Opelika, Alabama to live and be raised by his grandparents. He went on to join the wrestling team at Opelika High School and after graduating, he went on to join the wrestling at Auburn University. There, he also was elected as Chapter President of the Theta Xi...

Susan Helms
2012-10-22 10:48:03

Susan Helms is a Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force and a former NASA astronaut. She was born Susan Jane Helms on February 26, 1958 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She grew up in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Parkrose Senior High School in 1976. She then attended the United States Air Force Academy and received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1980. She subsequently received her commission and initially served as an F-16 weapons separation...

Michael Gernhardt
2012-10-18 12:01:17

Michael Gernhardt is a NASA astronaut. He was born Michael Landon Gernhardt on May 4, 1956 in Mansfield, Ohio. He was raised there and graduated from Malabar High School in 1974. He then went on to attend Vanderbilt University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1978. While at Vanderbilt, Gernhardt began working as a professional diver and project engineer on multiple underwater oil field construction and repair projects around the world. During this time, he completed...

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Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.