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2011-11-28 11:51:58

Just back from his command of the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum will be available for live satellite interviews from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. CST on Thursday, Dec. 1. Fossum completed 167 days in space as a member of the Expedition 28 and 29 crews during his third space flight. Altogether, Fossum has spent 194 days in space and performed seven spacewalks. He ranks seventh on the all-time list for cumulative spacewalking time. Fossum and his crewmates, Expedition 29...

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2011-08-01 10:27:33

Two cosmonauts will conduct a six-hour spacewalk on Wednesday, Aug. 3, to continue outfitting the Russian segment of the International Space Station. NASA Television will broadcast the spacewalk beginning at 9 a.m. CDT. Expedition 28 Russian Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev will install laser communications equipment and replace experiments on the Zvezda service module. They also will retrieve a rendezvous antenna, relocate a boom structure to aid future spacewalks and...

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2011-07-12 05:45:00

The U.S. government is laying the groundwork for an entire new industry to service satellites in orbit. The Robotic Refueling Mission flying aboard space shuttle Atlantis will use the International Space Station's Dextre robot to test tools for refueling and repairing satellites. "I've likened it to a Fisher-Price play toy for a robot, and I don't mean that in a negative sense," Atlantis commander Chris Ferguson said in a preflight interview with Reuters. The astronauts aboard Atlantis'...

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2011-05-27 09:45:00

Astronauts aboard space shuttle Endeavour completed the final spacewalk for the space program. Veteran spacewalkers Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff floated outside the International Space Station to finish-up the final space walk for Endeavour's 16-day mission. The 7 hour 24 minute spacewalk's primary objectives included stowing the 50-foot-long boom and adding a power and data grapple fixture to make it the Enhanced International Space Station Boom Assembly. The total time the spacewalkers...

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2011-05-25 12:30:00

Astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour's final mission completed their third spacewalk on Wednesday. Drew Feustel and Mike Fincke completed an excursion that spanned about seven hours to get the station ready to operate after the shuttle program ends this summer. It was the third of four spacewalks planned during Endeavour's 16-day mission.  The fourth spacewalk is scheduled for Friday. The two astronauts installed a fixture to allow the station's robot crane to move over to the...

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2011-05-24 16:45:54

NASA said on Tuesday that astronauts will try a new set of exercises to prepare them for the change in pressure they encounter on their spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The space agency said the "slow motion hokey pokey" exercises are designed to prevent decompression sickness known as the bends, which is similar to what scuba divers face if they rise to the surface too quickly. Astronauts typically get their spacesuits on early and take a series of steps, like breathing...

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2011-05-20 09:05:00

A faulty CO2 sensor has cut short the first spacewalk of the shuttle Endeavour astronauts, Fox News reports. Mission controllers noticed that Gregory Chamitoff's spacesuit sensor wasn't working and, erring on the side of safety, NASA had the astronauts return to the station until the issue could be assessed. Feustel and Chamitoff spent early Friday on routine chores outside the ISS, installing a light fixture here, covering something there, picking some stuff up. Chamitoff and spacewalking...

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2011-03-02 10:40:00

Astronauts Steve Bowen and Alvin Drew started the second spacewalk of the STS-133 mission on Wednesday morning. This is the 244th spacewalk performed by U.S. astronauts and the 155th in support of the International Space Station (ISS). Drew will complete the last task related to the failed ammonia pump module the two moved into a storage location on Monday. He will vent the remaining ammonia from the module into space by using a special tool to protect his spacesuit from any ammonia...

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2011-03-01 10:48:26

By Diego Urbina, Mars500 Crew Now that the Mars500 crew has been united, when the Marswalkers, 'returned' from the surface of the Red Planet to join the 'orbital' trio, Diego has again had time to send his thoughts. This diary was written on 21 February, before the last egress to the simulated martian surface. The last few weeks have been truly exciting. As you probably know, Wang, Aleksandr and I, transferred to the landing module, have been living in further isolation, in a reduced room...

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2011-01-22 06:40:00

Two Russian cosmonauts performed spacewalks outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday. The spacewalkers installed a camera and an experimental radio system outside the ISS during the mission. Cosmonauts Dmitry Kondratyev and Oleg Skripochka set up the radio antenna and routed cable for it, then tossed the cover and cable reel overboard. The experimental radio system is designed to transmit large data files to Russian ground controllers. The spacewalkers also retrieved a pair...


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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