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2009-03-12 13:00:18

The U.S. space agency says the International Space Station was briefly evacuated Thursday when space debris was detected heading toward it. National Aeronautics and Space Administration controllers in Houston ordered the ISS crew to enter a safety capsule until the debris had passed. The crew was notified of the all clear at 12:45 p.m. EDT, NASA said in a brief statement, noting the crew then left the Soyuz safety capsule and returned the station to normal operations. Had the debris struck...

2009-03-09 11:09:54

The U.S. space agency says the countdown has started for the planned launch of space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday. The official countdown for the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station started at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday, with the launch scheduled for 9:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. Shuttle commander Lee Archambault and his six crew mates are to deliver the space station's fourth and final set of solar array wings. The 14-day mission...

2009-03-07 07:15:00

After completing a review of space shuttle Discovery's flight readiness, NASA managers selected an official launch date for the STS-119 mission, which is now scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 9:20 p.m. EDT on March 11. NASA made its announcement following Friday's Flight Readiness Review, during which top NASA and contractor managers assessed the mission's risks and decided the shuttle's equipment, support systems and procedures are ready for flight. The review...

2008-11-24 13:30:00

Endeavor astronauts ventured out on their fourth and final spacewalk on Monday. Meanwhile, astronauts inside continued work on a system that converts urine to drinking water on the International Space Station. Astronauts Stephen Bowen and Robert "Shane" Kimbrough hoped to complete work on lubricating a joint that keeps a power-generating solar wing on the space station's right side facing the sun. Once completed, the wing will be able to produce a much larger amount of energy, allowing for...

2008-11-23 00:00:00

Two astronauts spent seven hours Saturday working high above Earth on the International Space Station, lubricating a joint that moves the solar array. John Ray, the lead spacewalk officer for the mission, told reporters in Houston that the astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour mission wanted to stay out longer and finish their work on the starboard side of the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint, CNN reported. But controllers in Houston told them to knock off for the day after seven hours. We...

2008-11-20 14:55:00

Astronauts conducted another spacewalk Thursday, vowing to keep a tighter grip on the remaining bag of tools after sending the first set floating into space on Tuesday. Valued by NASA at $100,000, the first tool bag drifted out of the reach of Endeavour's lead spacewalker Heidemarie Stefanyshyn Piper while she was busy cleaning grease from a leaking grease gun. Stefanyshyn-Piper said she mistakenly forgot to check that the bag had been properly secured. With two grease guns lost in space,...

2008-11-18 15:19:29

U.S. astronauts performed maintenance chores -- cleaning here, lubing there -- Tuesday at the International Space Station. Mission specialists Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve Brown began their 6 1/2-hour space walk shortly after 1 p.m. as space shuttle astronaut Shane Kimbrough guided them through their tasks, NASA.gov reported. The space shuttle Endeavour began its mission Thursday when it lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On the mission specialists' to-do list is the...

2008-10-31 10:10:00

NASA managers completed a review Thursday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected the official launch date for the STS-126 mission. Commander Chris Ferguson and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 7:55 p.m. EST on Nov. 14. Endeavour's STS-126 flight will feature important repair work to the station and prepare it for housing six crew members during long-duration missions. The primary focus of the 15-day flight and its four...

2008-02-19 12:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Atlantis are hoping for clear skies over Florida tomorrow as they near the end of a successful construction flight to the International Space Station (ISS). Shuttle commander Stephen Frick and his six crewmates are scheduled to land Wednesday at 9:07 a.m. EST (1407 GMT) here at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), though the space agency has also called up a backup runway at California's Edwards Air Force Base. "We're certainly very...

2007-12-12 08:09:31

NASA will refill the space shuttle Atlantis' large external tank next week in hopes of isolating a sensor glitch that foiled two attempts to launch an orbital construction mission this month, the agency's shuttle chief said Tuesday. Wayne Hale, NASA's space shuttle program manager, said a team of engineers will outfit Atlantis' 15-story fuel tank with new monitoring equipment and then fill it with super-cold propellant on Dec. 18 to better understand why some fuel gauge-like...

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Joseph Richard “Joe” Tanner
2012-09-17 10:46:05

Joseph Richard “Joe” Tanner was born January 21, 1950 in Danville, Illinois. He was awarded Eagle Scout by the Prairielands Council with the Boy Scouts of America in Champaign, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois where he was the captain of the swimming team and included in the “Top 100 Seniors”. He received an award for being an Outstanding Alumnus of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University as well. He has an identical twin brother...

Christopher Ferguson
2012-09-17 09:35:02

Chris Ferguson is a retired United States Navy Captain and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Christopher J. Ferguson on September 1, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, He attended Archbishop Ryan High School and then went on to Drexel University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1984. Two years later he earned his Naval Aviator wings in NAS Kingsville, Texas after being commissioned from the Navy ROTC program at the University of Pennsylvania....

2012-03-24 09:43:51

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on February 28, 1990 at 2:50 AM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on March 4 at 10:08 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 72 times at an altitude of 132 nautical miles at an inclination of 62 degrees and travelled 1.9 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 10 hours, 18 minutes, and 22 seconds. This was a Department of Defense mission and all shuttle activities were classified. The launch set for February 22 was postponed to February 23,...

2010-12-03 14:11:14

Daniel Burbank is an American astronaut and a Captain in the United States Coast Guard. He was born Daniel Christopher Burbank on July 27, 1961 in Manchester, Connecticut. In 1979, he graduated from Tolland High School in Tolland, Connecticut. He then attended Fairfield University for his first year of college, but soon transferred to the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he earned his commission in 1985. Two years later, he completed flight training and became an instructor pilot. He...

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Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'