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2009-09-05 07:16:43

After a mid-mission rest, Discovery's crew is now ready to go for Saturday's third and final spacewalk of the mission. With two spacewalks and more than half of their scheduled transfer work complete, the first half of the STS-128 mission's eighth day in space was set aside for off-duty time for its crew. The crew members wrapped up their relaxation with a 40-minute news conference, where they and their International Space Station counterparts answered questions from American, Canadian and...

2009-09-04 06:00:00

Two astronauts ventured outside of space Shuttle Discovery Thursday evening for the mission's second spacewalk. Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang and US astronaut Danny Olivas left the shuttle on Thursday at 2212 GMT for a spacewalk intended to last 6.5 hours. The spacewalkers spent the night in the Quest airlock to prepare for the second of three planned spacewalks for the mission. By 07:34:30 PM CST, NASA reported that Fuglesang and Olivas had successfully installed a new liquid ammonia...

2009-09-03 08:42:12

NASA astronauts prepared Thursday for another spacewalk despite reports of space debris moving toward the International Space Station. NASA said astronauts Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang spent their sleep period inside an ISS airlock in preparation for the second STS-128 spacewalk, scheduled to begin at 5:19 p.m. EDT Thursday. John McCullough, NASA flight director, said it did not appear likely the docked space shuttle Discovery would have to fire its thrusters to move it and the space...

2009-08-31 13:40:08

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have begun a week's work of joint operations that will include three spacewalks, NASA said. Space shuttle Discovery docked with the space station at 8:54 p.m. EDT Saturday, delivering more than seven tons of cargo and a new crew member for the station and its Expedition 20 crew. The space agency said the astronauts will, among other things, transfer 15,000 pounds of supplies to sustain the six-person crew on the station. NASA said the...

2009-08-17 10:05:00

The launch date for the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station with Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled for no earlier than Monday 24 August. The crew of seven includes ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang of Sweden, on his second spaceflight, a mission dubbed "ËœAliss©'. For a launch on 24 August, liftoff is scheduled for 07:58 CEST from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Docking with the International Space Station (ISS) will occur on...

2009-08-03 08:30:00

ESA has chosen "ËœAliss©' as the name of ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang's mission to the International Space Station. The name was proposed in response to a competition launched by ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight in June. Fuglesang will be a Mission Specialist on the STS-128 flight to the International Space Station (ISS), scheduled for launch with Space Shuttle Discovery at the end of August. This will be Fuglesang's second flight following his 13-day Celsius mission...

2009-07-26 06:50:00

After a day of rest, the 13 astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station will shift back into high gear for robotic operations and spacewalk preparations. The crew's Sunday wake-up music was composer George Frederic Handel's "Dixit Dominus." The excerpt was uplinked for Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette at 3:03 a.m. CDT. Overnight, flight controllers continued to manually operate the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA), which shares responsibility for...

2009-07-22 09:20:00

The third spacewalk of the STS-127 mission is scheduled to start at 9:58 a.m. CDT today and focus on the first set of battery replacements for the oldest solar array assembly on the International Space Station. The crew was awakened at 5:03 a.m. to the song "Santa Monica," performed by Everclear, for Endeavour's pilot, Doug Hurley. Mission Specialists Dave Wolf and Chris Cassidy camped out in the Quest airlock module overnight, and will resume preparations for the excursion at 5:43 a.m....

2009-06-10 08:25:00

Following the enthusiastic response to earlier competitions to name European astronaut missions, ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight is once again giving European citizens the opportunity to be part of a space mission by suggesting a name for ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang's mission to the International Space Station. Fuglesang will join the 11-day STS-128 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) as a Mission Specialist. Currently scheduled for launch with Space Shuttle Discovery...

2009-04-03 15:08:27

U.S. astronauts finished ground-training Friday in preparation for the long-awaited overhaul of the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA officials said. The crew of the shuttle Atlantis Friday reviewed how to remove a data-processing unit from a payload carrier to be launched into space May 12 on the fifth mission to service the telescope, NASA said in a release. The unit is to replace one that stopped working last September. The space shuttle Atlantis's liquid oxygen tanks were replenished Friday on...

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Sunita Williams
2012-10-29 09:16:39

Sunita Williams is an American astronaut and a United States Navy officer who holds the record for the longest space flight by a woman. She was born Sunita Pandya Krishna on September 19, 1965 in Euclid, Ohio to parents of Indian and Slovenian decent. She graduated from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts in 1983, and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical science from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. She was immediately commissioned as an Ensign in...

Robert Curbeam
2012-09-03 07:38:13

Robert Curbeam is a Captain in the United States Navy and a former astronaut. He was born Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr. on March 5, 1962 and in 1980 he graduated from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. He then attended the United States Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1984. After graduating and completing flight training, Curbeam reported to Fighter Squadron 11 (VF-11) and made multiple overseas deployments on the USS...

2010-12-03 15:33:13

Michael Bloomfield was an American astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He was born Michael John Bloomfield on March 16, 1959 in Flint, Michigan. He played football throughout his childhood, and graduated from Lake Fenton High School in Fenton, Michigan in 1977. Bloomfield then attended the United States Air Force Academy and received his bachelor's degree in Engineering Mechanics, as well as played Falcon football for Coach Bill Parcells. After graduating the Fighter...

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...

2010-11-17 15:24:34

Jeffery Ashby is an engineer, a former American naval aviator and astronaut, a veteran of three space shuttle missions, and a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy. He was born Jeffrey Shears Ashby on June 16, 1954. He grew up in Evergreen, Colorado, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. He graduated from Evergreen High School in 1972, and then attended the University of Idaho, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1976. Ten years later, he graduated from the Naval...

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