Latest Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper Stories

2008-11-21 10:50:00

As astronauts aboard the International Space Station prepared for a half-day off from work on Friday, they re-fired the shuttle's thrusters and began installation of a contraption that will recycle urine into drinking water. Endeavour's seven astronauts and the three space station crew members have been working without a break since the space shuttle launched from Florida a week ago. They will get a half-day off in space after holding a news conference. The extra thrust given on Friday will...

2008-11-20 14:55:00

Astronauts conducted another spacewalk Thursday, vowing to keep a tighter grip on the remaining bag of tools after sending the first set floating into space on Tuesday. Valued by NASA at $100,000, the first tool bag drifted out of the reach of Endeavour's lead spacewalker Heidemarie Stefanyshyn Piper while she was busy cleaning grease from a leaking grease gun. Stefanyshyn-Piper said she mistakenly forgot to check that the bag had been properly secured. With two grease guns lost in space,...

2008-11-20 10:30:00

Lead spacewalker Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and colleagues vowed on Thursday not to repeat mistakes that caused a bag of tools to be sent floating into space on Tuesday. Stefanyshyn-Piper, space shuttle Endeavour's lead spacewalker, was busy cleaning grease from a leaking grease gun when the tool tote floated out of a larger bag. "Oh, great," she said as the bag drifted out of reach. "We're definitely not going to do it again. You're not going to see us lose another bag," lead...

2008-11-20 08:05:00

On Wednesday, astronauts installed a water recycling system and two new bedrooms aboard the International Space Station.  The installations are part of a final effort to finish the $100 billion ISS before NASA retires the space shuttle in 2010. Over the last decade, the shuttle fleet has provided construction, delivery, and repair services for the ISS.  Above all else, the shuttle has provided nearly all the water needed to support the three crew members aboard the space station....

2008-11-18 22:04:57

A tool bag floated away in space as U.S. astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper worked outside the International Space Station Tuesday. Stefanyshyn-Piper, who is working from the space shuttle Endeavour, had a grease gun inside her tool bag leak, and while she was trying to clean it up, the whole bag floated away, CNN reported. Stefanyshyn-Piper was outside the space station on a scheduled six-hour spacewalk with fellow mission specialist Steve Brown. The Endeavour began its mission Thursday when...

2008-11-19 10:05:00

Flight organizers are revising their plans Wednesday for the rest of the spacewalks intended to happen during space shuttle Endeavour's trip to the International Space Station, following a vital tool bag being lost to space at some point during a repair trip. The tool bag floated away from astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper Tuesday as she cleaned and lubed a crusty joint on a wing of some solar panels located on the space station. She and colleague Stephen Bowen were halfway through the...

2008-11-10 08:15:00

The seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour will spend Thanksgiving in orbit around the Earth.  According to Commander Christopher Ferguson, at least seven turkey dinners have been packed aboard Endeavor for the two-week mission scheduled to lift-off on Friday night. "They've given us the full seven-course Thanksgiving meal, and all we need to have now is the time to eat it," Ferguson said. Their not-so-ordinary holiday meal included rehydratable green beans,...

2008-10-31 10:10:00

NASA managers completed a review Thursday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-126 mission. Commander Chris Ferguson and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 7:55 p.m. EST on Nov. 14. Endeavour's STS-126 flight will feature important repair work to the station and prepare it for housing six crew members during long-duration missions. The primary focus of the 15-day flight and its four...

2008-10-30 08:10:00

Practice, practice practice. It's been the motto of astronauts who boarded the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour on Wednesday in a practice run for a mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour is scheduled to launch on November 14 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. However, by Thursday NASA managers will review flight preparations and set a firm launch date. The shuttle will spend 15 days in orbit, 11 of them parked at the space station. The special delivery is meant to help...

2008-10-23 18:00:07

Space shuttle Endeavour was moved Thursday from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Launch Pad 39A in preparation for a Nov. 14 liftoff. National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials said the six-hour move had been scheduled for Saturday but that was changed due to a forecast of potentially severe weekend weather at the space center. NASA said Endeavour was moved from Launch Pad 39B so workers could prepare for the Ares I-X test flight in 2009. The next...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.