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2011-03-24 15:05:00

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fourth-grade students in the College Station Independent School District (CSISD) in Texas have completed six weeks of a NASA health and fitness challenge known as "Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut." (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The United States, Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Colombia, Spain and United Kingdom hosted teams for the first Mission X challenge. NASA selected CSISD to...

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2008-03-26 19:50:00

The space shuttle Endeavour glided to a nighttime landing in Florida Wednesday, concluding a mission that equipped the international space station with the first segment of a Japanese science lab. The winged space ship touched down at NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 7:39 p.m. CDT, following a steep descent from the southwest that took the seven astronauts over the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. "Welcome home, Endeavour," said Mission Control as the 100-ton...

2008-03-24 22:50:00

The crews of the International Space Station and the visiting space shuttle Endeavour spoke from space Sunday night to reporters gathered at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. During the event, collectSPACE.com asked the astronauts to reflect on the influences of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who died March 18 at age 90, and of the previous visitors to the space station. Set to undock from the outpost at 7:56 p.m. EDT on Monday, Endeavour's crew spent nearly two weeks...

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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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2008-03-16 08:55:00

Spacewalking astronauts brought a robotic handyman to life outside the international space station overnight, swinging the big partially assembled machine into a sitting position and attaching two arms. Dextre, a $209 million Canadian creation, was designed to take on some of the repair duties normally assigned to spacewalking astronauts. Astronauts Rick Linnehan and Mike Foreman transformed Dextre's pieces into a single gleaming 12-foot tall mechanism with outstretched arms and a menacing...

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2008-03-15 03:35:00

Astronauts aboard the international space station overcame a worrisome power problem with their new, partially assembled robotic maintenance man late Friday, sending a wave or relief through his Canadian design team. The fliers also floated into a newly installed Japanese module for the first time, finding the enclosure ready to occupy. Dextre , a $209 million robot, and the 14-foot-long module, the station's first Japanese component, arrived aboard the shuttle Endeavour earlier this week....

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2008-03-14 08:20:00

Astronauts from four countries, two of them on an overnight spacewalk, joined forces to begin the assembly of a Canadian robot outside the international space station and attach a new Japanese module. The outing by astronauts Rick Linnehan and Garrett Reisman drew to a close today just after 3 a.m. CDT, spanning seven hours. The $209 million robotic handiman named Dextre arrived at the station late Wednesday in pieces packed aboard the shuttle Endeavour. The stowage module, the first piece of...

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2008-03-07 06:05:00

Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to blast off Tuesday carrying seven astronauts and an eighth passenger that is in some ways superior: a robot that will take the astronauts' place for many jobs in outer space. Dextre, as the robot is known, has two arms, each with seven joints that allow the limb to twist and bend more than a human arm. Each of its two hands has pincers to grip objects and built-in socket wrenches to drive bolts. Dextre will be able to handle items as small as a phone...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.