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2009-03-24 14:59:39

The U.S. space agency says astronaut Scott Parazynski is resigning to take a job in the private sector. Parazynski, 48, a medical doctor, is a veteran of five space shuttle flights and seven spacewalks. Scott is an exceptional astronaut who has served NASA and the Astronaut Office with distinction during these past 17 years, said Steve Lindsey, chief of NASA's Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In particular, his spacewalking expertise has helped pave the way to...

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2009-03-23 17:00:00

Astronauts Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold ventured outside the International Space Station on Monday for the third and final spacewalk of shuttle Discovery. "Thanks again for going outside today," station commander Mike Fincke radioed to the spacewalkers. "This is probably the last EVA (extravehicular activity, or spacewalk) for this Discovery mission. We just want to say take your time, enjoy it and do good work." However, they were unable to complete one of their primary tasks "“...

2009-03-22 20:20:00

The crew aboard the International Space Station maneuvered the station and the shuttle Discovery Sunday to avoid space debris, the U.S. space agency said. Meanwhile, mission specialists Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold spent part of Sunday evening reviewing spacewalk procedures and will camp out overnight in the Quest Airlock, NASA said on its Web site. The astronauts moved the shuttle Discovery in front of the space station in an undock attitude maneuver designed to avoid the potentially...

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2009-03-22 07:35:00

The STS-119 mission of space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station approached the halfway point with focus yesterday on the second spacewalk to prepare the complex for future assembly flights and arrival in the fall of a new cargo-carrying spacecraft "“ Japan's H-II Transfer Vehicle. Steve Swanson and Joe Acaba floated out of the Quest airlock at 11:51 a.m. for the six hour, 30 minute spacewalk completing the highest priority tasks that included preparing a worksite for...

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2009-03-21 09:03:36

On March 19th, astronauts onboard the International Space Station checked themselves for microbes before stepping outside on a space walk. It was a first-ever test of planetary protection technology that, one day, could keep humans from contaminating the sands of Mars. "We conducted the tests using LOCAD-PTS, a miniature biological lab for space travelers," explains Jake Maule, principal investigator for the experiment. LOCAD-PTS stands for Lab-On-A-Chip Application Development Portable Test...

2009-03-16 09:07:00

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Hamilton Sundstrand equipment is playing a key role in NASA's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). During the 14-day mission, the Hamilton Sundstrand spacesuit will support three spacewalks (EVAs) to install the final set of solar array wings and truss element needed to complete the International Space Station's electricity generating system. The...

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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 13:40:00

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the March 10 spacewalk of Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov. The pair will complete unfinished work from their December 2008 excursion outside the orbiting laboratory. Fincke and Lonchakov will don Russian spacesuits for the spacewalk out of the Russian Pirs Docking Compartment airlock. Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus will monitor the spacewalk from inside the station. It will be the sixth spacewalk of Fincke's...

2009-03-02 10:02:48

The U.S. space agency says it has awarded an interim letter contract to Oceaneering International Inc. of Houston for a new spacesuit system. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration contract is for the design, development and production of the new spacesuit system for the Constellation Program. The system will protect astronauts during voyages to the International Space Station and exploration of the moon's surface. NASA said the letter contract requires Oceaneering to begin work on...

2009-01-20 13:29:47

The U.S. space agency says it has approved an $86 million, one-year spacesuit contract option. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the extension of the cost-plus-award-fee contract extension awarded Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International of Windsor Locks, Conn., is for spacesuits used on the space shuttles and the International Space Station. NASA said the contract calls for Hamilton Sundstrand and its subcontractors to perform engineering management for hardware...


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2012-03-24 10:11:14

This was the first flight of Endeavour. Endeavour launched on May 7, 1992 at 7:40 PM EDT and Landed at Edwards AFB on May 16 at 1:57 PM PDT. The shuttle orbited 141 times at an inclination of 28.35 degrees at an altitude of 195 nautical miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes, and 38 seconds. A satellite was moved to a corrected orbit using three spacewalks. A fourth spacewalk was conducted as practice for assembling Space Station Freedom. The INTELSAT VI (F-3) satellite,...

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2011-04-11 13:06:23

Chris Cassidy Chris Cassidy is a NASA astronaut and a Navy SEAL. He was born Christopher John Cassidy on January 4, 1970 in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from York High School, in York, Maine, and then subsequently also graduated from the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993 and a Master's degree in Ocean engineering from MIT in 2000. Cassidy graduated from BUD/S Class 192,...

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2010-11-17 14:09:40

Aleksandr Kaleri is a Russian cosmonaut and veteran of extended stays on the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station. He was born Aleksandr Yuriyevich Kaleri on May 13, 1956 in Russia. In 1979, Kaleri graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology as a specialist in Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control. After his graduation, he was hired by the Energia Corporation and began his work on the Mir space station, helping with the development of design and engineering...

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