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Space Droids Battle To Save Our Planet
2014-01-21 11:52:05

[ Watch The Video: Zero Robotics Competition 2013 ] ESA A comet heading towards Earth threatens humanity’s existence – that was the virtual scenario of this year’s Zero Robotics tournament. Secondary-school students from across Europe controlled miniature satellites on the International Space Station in a competition to save our planet. The Space Station was turned into a playing field for the finals. The ultimate robot game challenged youngsters to write algorithms that...

2014-01-09 12:21:32

National Geographic Channel Worldwide Announces Groundbreaking Two-hour Special Live From Space To Premiere Globally This March WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Produce a live television event from a $100 billion studio that's 250 miles above the Earth's surface and traveling at 4.9 miles per second? That will be the task at hand this spring for National Geographic Channel (NGC) Worldwide with a television event that will literally take viewers beyond the stratosphere....

2014-01-02 12:20:51

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students in Newport News and Williamsburg, Va., will begin 2014 by talking with astronauts in orbit aboard the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Expedition 38 Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA will participate in a live video chat, or downlink, at 10:25 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 7, with students and educators from Denbigh High School's Aviation Academy in Newport News....

Expedition 38 Crew To Help Ring In The New Year At Times Square
2013-12-31 06:08:32

[ Watch the Video: Tune In For New Year's Greetings From NASA Astronauts ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Three astronauts currently serving on board the International Space Station (ISS) will help NASA send New Year’s greetings to those attending Tuesday evening’s festivities at Times Square in New York, the US space agency has announced. NASA's Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins, as well as Expedition 38 crewmate Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace...

2013-12-30 12:20:19

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronauts will help ring in 2014 by sending greetings from space and from Earth to the crowd gathered in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Astronaut Mike Massimino will participate in the New Year's Eve Countdown event on Tuesday evening, Dec. 31. He also will introduce a video greeting from Expedition 36 flight engineer Karen Nyberg, who returned from...

Expedition 38 Crew Members Take A Christmas Eve Spacewalk
2013-12-24 13:23:37

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronauts aboard the International Space Station spent part of their Christmas Eve spying on Santa from outside the orbiting laboratory. Flight Engineers Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins conducted a nearly 7-and-a-half-hour spacewalk on Tuesday to retrieve a spare pump module from an external stowage platform and install it in the currently vacated slot to restore full cooling capability for the complex. The astronauts performed a...

2013-12-21 20:20:05

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins completed a 5 hour and 28 minute spacewalk Saturday to remove a faulty ammonia pump on the International Space Station. A second spacewalk to install a new unit now is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 24. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The extra day will allow time for the crew to resize a spare spacesuit on the space station for use by Mastracchio....

spacewalk eva
2013-12-21 12:00:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Saturday’s extra-vehicular activity (EVA) procedure, the first in a series required to correct issues with a cooling system located outside the International Space Station (ISS) proved to be more successful than NASA had initially anticipated. During the spacewalk, Expedition 38 crew members Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins intended to set up their worksite on the S1 truss and disconnect a 780-pound degraded pump module from...

Expedition 38 Crew To Conduct Spacewalk Saturday To Fix Faulty Pump
2013-12-20 12:46:55

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The first of three spacewalks required to fix issues with one of the International Space Station’s (ISS) external coolant systems is scheduled to begin shortly after 7am EDT Saturday morning, NASA officials have confirmed. American crew members Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata spent Thursday reviewing extra-vehicular activity (EVA) procedures and finalizing preparations for the mission, the...

ISS Spacewalk May Be Needed To Fix Faulty Cooling Pump
2013-12-16 07:04:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The crew of Expedition 38 was busy on Sunday preparing their spacesuits for a possible extra-vehicular activity (EVA) mission to fix a failing coolant system that was first discovered last Wednesday outside the International Space Station (ISS). One of two ammonia cooling systems on the US side of the orbiting complex shut down unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 11, after a problem developed with a valve inside a pump located...


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Stephanie Wilson
2012-10-29 14:17:00

Stephanie Wilson is an American engineer, a NASA astronaut, and the second African American woman to go into space. She was born Stephanie Diana Wilson on September 27, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts. An astronomy professor she interviewed during middle school became her first inspiration to pursue a career in space. She graduated from Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1984, and then attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering...

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