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2009-06-15 13:40:00

International Space Station astronauts are getting a new toy in August "“ a treadmill. Famously named after comedian Stephen Colbert1, the new running machine will help astronauts stay fit, fighting off the bone loss and muscle decay2 that otherwise comes with space travel. Just one problem: How do you run where there's no gravity to hold your feet to the ground? "Bungee cords! You have to strap yourself to the treadmill," explains astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams. And she's not...

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2009-05-19 10:25:00

Space shuttle Atlantis astronauts said goodbye to the Hubble Space Telescope for the final time on Tuesday, as part of an 11-day mission to see the completion of critical upgrades to the veteran observatory. The crew woke up at 4:31 a.m. EDT Tuesday to the song "Lie in Our Graves" by the Dave Matthews Band. The song was played for crewmember Megan McArthur, who guided the shuttle's robotic arm to lift the telescope out of Atlantis' payload bay to a high point above the shuttle in preparation...

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2009-04-03 10:55:00

During the Space Foundation's National Space Symposium, the US Air Force announced it would be working alongside US Strategic Command to develop a better system of tracking objects in space.The Air Force said it hopes to improve satellite tracking to cover all 800 maneuverable spacecraft by October 8.The push for better tracking comes in light of the recent collision between a defunct Russian and US satellite on February 10. US military and private tracking groups were unable to forecast the...

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2009-03-28 14:30:00

The space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew landed safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, concluding a 13-day mission that spanned more than 5 million miles and 202 orbits. The landing was slightly delayed due to some cloudy and windy weather that had forced NASA's Mission Control to push back Discovery's homecoming by about 90 minutes.  But a shift in winds allowed conditions to improve enough for the crew to make the second, and final, landing opportunity for...

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2009-03-28 09:32:50

Discovery's crew of seven is preparing for a 12:39 p.m. CDT landing today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Commander Lee Archambault, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold and returning Expedition 18 crew member Sandra Magnus were awakened this morning at 4:13 a.m. to the song "I Have a Dream" by ABBA. The song was played for Magnus. As Discovery's crew prepared for landing, the Soyuz spacecraft carrying Expedition 19...

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2009-03-25 07:35:00

The crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station took a break yesterday in and around transfer work ahead of today's farewell and undocking of the shuttle. The ten spacefarers also talked with President Barack Obama joined by school children at the White House and later with reporters covering their mission. The stage is set for Discovery to undock from the station at 2:53 p.m. today after the crew bids farewell to its temporary home and the Expedition 18 crew, leaving...

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2009-03-19 08:10:00

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Thursday prepared for the first of three spacewalks to take place in order to install the final pair of solar wings to the orbiting outpost. The first spacewalk will be conducted by crewmembers Steven Swanson and Richard Arnold II. They will install new folded-up solar panels that will almost double the amount of power on the ISS so that more crewmembers will be able to board the laboratory for longer periods of time. Robotic arm operators...

2009-03-18 15:11:51

The astronauts on space shuttle Discovery are primed for rendezvous and docking operations that will link their ship to the International Space Station this afternoon and deliver a new crew member. The crew was awakened at 8:44 a.m. CDT with "Radio Exercise," performed by the Tokyo Broadcast Children's Choir. The song traditionally accompanies exercise for Japanese schoolchildren, and was played for astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who's to become his...

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2009-03-18 13:26:52

Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas -- The astronauts on space shuttle Discovery are primed for rendezvous and docking operations that will link their ship to the International Space Station this afternoon and deliver a new crew member. The crew was awakened at 8:44 a.m. CDT with "Radio Exercise," performed by the Tokyo Broadcast Children's Choir. The song traditionally accompanies exercise for Japanese schoolchildren, and was played for astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace...

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2009-03-17 13:32:02

Talk about a big construction project... Astronauts are about to add a pair of 115-foot-long solar wings to the International Space Station. The station's solar arrays are the largest deployable space assemblies ever built and the most powerful electricity producing arrays in orbit. Each wing weighs 2,400 pounds, uses 32,800 individual solar cells, and adds about 4000 sq. feet of light-collecting surface area to the ISS. When the work is done, the space station will have enough usable...


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Janice Voss
2012-10-27 13:58:18

Janice Elaine Voss was a NASA astronaut as well as an American Engineer whom flew in space five times placing her at first for holding the record for American women. Voss was born on October 8, 1956 in South Bend, Indiana. She attended Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts and graduated in 1972. She then attended Purdue University to receive her bachelor’s degree in engineering while concurrently working at the Johnson Space Center. After Purdue University, Voss...

Steven Hawley
2012-10-22 10:43:54

Steven Hawley is a former NASA astronaut. He was born Steven Alan Hawley on December 12, 1951 in Ottawa, Kansas. He graduated from Salina High School Central in Salina, Kansas in 1969 and continued on to The University of Kansas, where he received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in physics and astronomy. After graduating with the highest distinction of his class and spending summers as a research assistant at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia, Hawley received...

Andrew “Andy” Thomas
2012-09-17 10:37:13

Andrew “Andy” Sydney Withiel Thomas was born December 18, 1951 in Adelaide, South Australia. He entered into US citizenship in December of 1986 with the goal of participating in NASA’s astronaut program. Andy became an Australian-born American NASA astronaut as an aerospace engineer. He was the first Australian born professional astronaut to enter space. He was preceded in entering into orbit by Paul D. Scully-Power, an oceanographer in 1985. He married a fellow NASA astronaut Shannon...

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2012-05-12 09:16:02

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 3, 1994 at 7:10 AM EST and landed at Kennedy on February 11, 1994 at 2:19 PM EST. The shuttle orbited 130 times at an altitude of 191 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 3.4 million miles. The mission lasted 8 days, 7 hours, 9 minutes, and 22 seconds. This was the second SPACEHAB mission and the first mission undertaken with a Russian crew member. It was the first step in the ongoing US-Russian cooperative...

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2012-03-24 09:48:25

Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 6, 1990 at 6:57 AM PDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on October 10 at 6:57 AM PDT. The shuttle orbited 66 times at an inclination of 28.45 degrees at an altitude of 160 nautical miles and travelled 1.7 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 4 seconds. This mission launched the Ulysses probe to study the polar regions of the Sun. Two upper stages of Ulysses, the Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) and a...

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