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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...

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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...

2009-06-03 15:06:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA managers completed a review Wednesday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected June 13 as the official launch date for the STS-127 mission to the International Space Station. Commander Mark Polansky and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 7:17 a.m. EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Endeavour's launch date was announced...

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2009-06-03 15:20:19

NASA managers completed a review Wednesday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected June 13 as the official launch date for the STS-127 mission to the International Space Station. Commander Mark Polansky and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 7:17 a.m. EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour's launch date was announced following a daylong Flight Readiness Review at Kennedy. During the meeting, top NASA and contractor managers assessed the...

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2009-05-09 07:15:00

NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, commander of the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station in June, is sharing updates about his training and flight on Twitter. He invites followers to submit video questions via YouTube that he will answer from orbit. Polansky, a New Jersey native and former Air Force test pilot, will command the space shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-127, a flight targeted for launch June 13 to deliver the final portions of the space station's Japanese...

2009-05-08 15:12:00

HOUSTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Mark Polansky, commander of the next space shuttle mission to the International Space Station in June, is sharing updates about his training and flight on Twitter. He invites followers to submit video questions via YouTube that he will answer from orbit. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Polansky, a New Jersey native and former Air Force test pilot, will command the space shuttle Endeavour on mission...

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2006-12-02 13:20:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Discovery's seven astronauts are among the most culturally diverse of any space shuttle crew. There are two African-Americans, an astronaut of Indian descent, the soon-to-be first Swede in space, a British-born mission specialist, an Alaskan and a Jersey Boy. It's also the greenest crew in eight years when it comes to spaceflight experience: Five astronauts have never flown in a space shuttle before. The last time a shuttle mission had five rookies was a Columbia crew...

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2006-10-15 09:20:00

NASA has said it over and over again: The coming missions to finish the International Space Station are among the hardest and most complex ever. But if you ask the astronauts and engineers which of the final 14 assembly flights may be the most complex, many would point to Discovery's next mission, set to launch in December.  "What makes this one singularly unique is the fact that we're going to rewire the space station," Mark Polansky, Discovery's commander, said. Since it went into...


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