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2009-03-27 14:55:00

Astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery conducted a review of the ship's flight systems on Friday as part of their work to ensure their safe return home Saturday afternoon. The seven-member crew will end a nearly two-week mission that left the International Space Station completely powered with a new set of solar wings. "We'll keep our fingers crossed," said shuttle commander Lee Archambault, referring to Discovery's return, for which favorable landing weather is expected. The astronauts...

2009-03-25 16:10:00

The space shuttle Discovery's crew is expected to complete its mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:43 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 28. The return to Earth will conclude a 13-day flight. Nine of those days were spent docked to the station. During the STS-119 mission, the shuttle and station crews installed and deployed the final set of solar arrays. The arrays provide the electricity to fully power science experiments and...

2009-03-22 20:20:00

The crew aboard the International Space Station maneuvered the station and the shuttle Discovery Sunday to avoid space debris, the U.S. space agency said. Meanwhile, mission specialists Joseph Acaba and Richard Arnold spent part of Sunday evening reviewing spacewalk procedures and will camp out overnight in the Quest Airlock, NASA said on its Web site. The astronauts moved the shuttle Discovery in front of the space station in an undock attitude maneuver designed to avoid the potentially...

2009-03-21 08:35:00

The second spacewalk of the first space shuttle mission of the year begins today on board a space station with two new solar array wings ready to start supplying electricity. Today's spacewalkers, Mission Specialists Steve Swanson and Joseph Acaba, spent last night in the International Space Station's Quest airlock under reduced atmospheric pressure, a standard pre-spacewalk protocol to speed the purge of nitrogen from their bloodstreams. After a hygiene break they will return to the airlock...

2009-03-20 14:35:00

Crewmembers successfully deployed the newest pair of solar wings on the International Space Station on Friday, marking the completion of shuttle Discovery's primary mission. "We think we're in great shape," Lee Archambault, commander of space shuttle Discovery said after the first wing was unfurled. "The "ripple" area flattened out naturally and the crew and Mission Control report the array extended to its full length of 115 feet," said NASA. On Thursday, Steven Swanson and Richard Arnold II...

2009-03-19 18:00:00

Steven Swanson and Richard Arnold II from space shuttle Discovery successfully installed the final pair of solar panel wings on the International Space Station on Thursday during the first of three planned spacewalks. The two astronauts, who arrived at the orbiting outpost at 2119 GMT Tuesday, left the decompression chamber at 1716 GMT - three minutes behind schedule "“ on Thursday. Inside the space station, crewmembers guided the outpost's robotic arm that was bearing the weight of the...

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...

2009-03-15 19:05:00

After more than a month of delays, the space shuttle Discovery launched successfully on Sunday as it crewmembers embarked on a mission to install a final set of solar wings for the International Space Station. NASA's website reported at 06:44:01 PM CDT that Discovery had cleared the launch tower and was "tracing a brilliant arc of white and orange flames through the dusky-night sky on its way to orbit." Discovery dropped its booster rockets "” which could be seen falling through the...

2008-09-27 08:50:00

Following a first stage of psychological testing, there are now only 192 highly talented individuals with a chance of becoming the new astronauts in ESA's European Astronaut Corps. This first stage of computer-based psychological testing finished at the end of August and consisted of tests to evaluate the cognitive capabilities of the candidates, such as tests of memory, psycho-motor test, multitasking, linguistic skills, and various forms of visualization-based tasks.  Second stage The...

2008-07-20 12:00:14

By Jennie Rodriguez, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jul. 20--LODI -- Stockton astronaut Jose Hernandez is back in Houston, training for his first shuttle mission next year. Last week, NASA named the 45-year-old graduate of Franklin High School and University of the Pacific's engineering school to the crew of the shuttle Atlantis, which is scheduled to blast off July 30, 2009, and deliver science equipment and storage racks to the International Space Station. "I feel very excited,"...

Latest STS-116 Reference Libraries

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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