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2009-09-04 23:47:22

Twin brothers who will command the space shuttle and International Space Station are tweeting about their preparations, NASA says. Mark and Scott Kelly are preparing for 2010 missions. Mark is commander of the space shuttle mission STS-134 and Scott is commander of state Expedition 26. If schedules don't change, they could meet in space. Both West Orange, N.J., natives are Navy captains who have been astronauts since 1996. Mark served as the pilot on missions STS-108 in 2001 and STS-121 in...

2009-07-31 11:00:00

Space Shuttle Endeavour made a safe return to Earth on Friday to complete the 16-day mission. Endeavour's seven-member crew landed on schedule at 10:48 a.m. EDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission saw the completion of Japan's Kibo science laboratory on the International Space Station. The shuttle was docked with the ISS for 11 days as astronauts conducted five spacewalks to make various installations to the research lab. The mission marked the first time the ISS housed 13...

2009-07-27 10:20:00

Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk said about his mission to space, "It will be the supreme thrill of my life." However, he was less than thrilled to report that the Earth's ice caps seem to have melted since he was last in orbit 12 years ago.Thirsk is a flight engineer and member of the Expedition 20/21 crew on the International Space Station. This first Canadian to fly on a Soyuz was launched as a Mission Specialist on the Soyuz mission May 27. He said that even after being two months into his...

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...

2009-07-17 15:35:00

Space shuttle Endeavour successfully docked with the International Space Station about 220 miles above the Gulf of Carpentaria on Friday afternoon. Shuttle Commander Mark Polansky directed the craft to dock with the Harmony node of the ISS at 1:47 p.m. EDT. The hatches will be opened at 3:43 p.m. after routine leak checks are finalized. Once the hatch is opened, the seven crewmembers will increase the orbiting outpost's crew count to a record number of 13. Alongside Polansky, Endeavour's crew...

2009-07-15 17:24:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member crew launched at 6:03 p.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will deliver the final segment to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and a new crew member to the International Space Station. Endeavour's 16-day mission includes five spacewalks and the installation of two platforms outside the Japanese module. One platform is permanent...

2009-07-15 17:30:00

After five failed attempts, NASA's space shuttle Endeavour lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. "Endeavour has patiently waited for this," Commander Mark Polansky said prior to the launch at 6:03 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. "We're ready to go, and we're going to take all of you with us on a great mission." Endeavour is carrying seven astronauts as well as a payload of spare equipment to make upgrades to the International Space Station. Over the course of their...

2009-07-01 13:00:00

A test early Wednesday morning of the space shuttle Endeavour's fueling system found no significant hydrogen gas leaks, clearing the way for an upcoming launch on July 11. A potentially dangerous hydrogen gas leak discovered last month had delayed two prior launch attempts. But Wednesday's three-hour test, in which launch controllers filled the external fuel tank to see if repairs had stopped the leak, detected no abnormalities. "The preliminary results indicated the repairs were...

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2012-10-22 11:08:31

Gregory Johnson is a NASA astronaut and a former colonel in the United States Air Force. He was born Gregory Harold "Box" Johnson on May 12, 1962 in South Ruislip, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Throughout his childhood, he became an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.. He graduated from Park Hills High School in Fairborn, Ohio in 1980 and went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1984. He was...

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