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2008-06-04 00:10:00

Japan's module to enable biology, medical studies Discovery's astronauts, working inside and outside the international space station, pulled Japan's $1 billion science module from the shuttle's cargo bay with a robot arm Tuesday and gave the bus-sized laboratory a new home on the facility. The 37-foot-long, 32,000-pound module, called Kibo "” designed to house physics, biology and medical experiments "” was attached to the facility just down the hall from older and smaller...

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2008-06-02 09:55:00

The technical marvel that is the space shuttle system does not stop with the spacecraft. The spacesuits the astronauts wear during launch and landing are examples of high-tech clothing designed to hold communications equipment, oxygen tanks, parachutes and enough water for a day. All while keeping the wearer cool. You won't see a bulky pressure suit weighing 91 pounds and painted orange on the fashion runways of Paris, but they are an essential element of any astronaut's wardrobe. No one...

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2008-05-26 15:25:00

Japan has built a space station lab that is being called the Lexus of space stations for its size and sophistication.The station will launch Saturday with the space shuttle Discovery. It is called Kibo (which means "hope" in Japanese) and costs a whopping $1 billion. Kibo will be the biggest and, by far, the most elaborate room at the international space station - a 37-foot-long scientific workshop as large as a school bus, with its own hatch to the outside for experiments and a pair of robot...

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2008-03-24 08:00:00

The Endeavour astronauts celebrated their successful efforts to expand the international space station late Sunday, as they prepared to end a marathon visit to the orbital outpost. The shuttle's seven astronauts are scheduled to depart the station on Monday, shortly before 7 p.m. CDT, after delivering the first piece of a Japanese science laboratory and a Canadian robotic handyman. Endeavour commander Dom Gorie compared the whirlwind pace of assembly activities since the shuttle docked on...

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2008-03-22 18:40:00

Two astronauts from the shuttle Endeavour floated outside the international space station Saturday afternoon on the final spacewalk of a marathon assembly mission. Mike Foreman and Bob Behnken had a list of tasks: a transfer of the Endeavour's 50-foot-long inspection boom to the station, an examination of a long hobbled mechanism that rotates electricity generating solar panels on the station's right side; and the installation of external science experiments. Saturday's outing, which got...

2008-03-21 22:40:41

This story was updated at 3:47 a.m. EDT. HOUSTON - Two spacewalking astronauts test fired a high-tech caulk gun filled with goo outside the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday to determine whether it's a viable repair tool for dinged shuttle heat shields. Shuttle astronauts Mike Foreman and Robert Behnken squirted a pink, putty-like substance into intentionally damaged shuttle tiles during their six-hour and 24-minute spacewalk to test how the material behaves in the...

2008-03-20 08:24:20

HOUSTON - Two astronauts will float outside the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday armed with a space age caulk gun and its goo-like ammo to test their effectiveness in shuttle heat shield repairs. Spacewalkers Robert Behnken and Mike Foreman will begin their orbital work at 6:28 p.m. EDT (2228 GMT) to demonstrate a technique for fixing dinged shuttle heat shield tiles. "While we've been able to test this material on the ground, we have not been able to test it both in...

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2008-03-20 08:00:00

The astronauts on the orbiting shuttle-station complex geared up Thursday for the fourth spacewalk of their mission, a high-profile test of a repair technique they hope they never have to use. Two of the crew members were to float outside Thursday night to squirt salmon-colored goo into the crevices of extra space shuttle thermal tiles that were deliberately damaged for the test. NASA wants to see how well the caulking gun and patching material work, in case they're ever needed for a real...

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2008-03-18 08:10:00

Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up the assembly of a robotic handyman outside the international space station late Monday, equipping the 12-foot tall humanoid with a tool kit, camera and lights. The outing by astronauts Rick Linnehan and Bob Behnken drew to a close after midnight, stretching to nearly seven hours. The $209 million Canadian mechanical maintenance man, nicknamed Dextre, was delivered to the space station in pieces aboard the shuttle Endeavour last week. His hands, arms and...

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2008-03-17 07:00:00

A robotic handyman, nearing final assembly outside the international space station, moved his hands and arms for the first time Sunday, delighting the astronauts as well as the mechanism's Canadian development team. A third and final spacewalk to equip the $209 million Canadian robot nicknamed Dextre with a toolbelt and tools is planned for Monday night. The robot was delivered to the station in pieces aboard the shuttle Endeavour last week to carry out some of the future space station...


Latest Extra-vehicular activity Reference Libraries

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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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