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2009-03-21 09:05:00

The 10 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 12:08 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, March 24. U.S. reporters may ask questions in person from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Headquarters in Washington. Questions also will be taken from Russian reporters at Mission Control, Moscow, and Japanese reporters at Johnson. To participate in the news conference, U.S. journalists must call the...

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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 16:36:00

WASHINGTON, March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has a variety of resources available for Spanish-speaking media interested in covering the ongoing space shuttle mission. The shuttle crew includes Puerto Rican astronaut Joseph Acaba, a former teacher who is now a fully-trained spacewalker. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) For Spanish versions of status reports about the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station, visit:...

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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...

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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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2009-03-18 06:35:00

Space Shuttle Discovery successfully docked with the International Space Station at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday to prepare for the crew's 13-day mission, which will include installation of new equipment to the orbiting outpost and swapping out an ISS crewmember. Discovery Commander Lee Archambault guided the shuttle to its docked position as they flew 220 miles over Australia. Before closing the final 600 feet to the station, Archambault commanded Discovery through a "backflip" allowing the...

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2009-03-17 17:07:30

A bat that was clinging to space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank during the countdown to launch the STS-119 mission remained with the spacecraft as it cleared the tower, analysts at NASA's Kennedy Space Center concluded. Based on images and video, a wildlife expert who provides support to the center said the small creature was a free tail bat that likely had a broken left wing and some problem with its right shoulder or wrist. The animal likely perished quickly during Discovery's climb...

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2009-03-16 12:55:00

NASA said on Monday it is determining what to do about space junk near the International Space Station as shuttle Discovery nears the orbiting outpost. A drifting piece of a Russian satellite is expected to come within just half of a mile of the space station on Tuesday, NASA said. The news comes less than one week after astronauts aboard the space station were forced to board an emergency capsule for about 10 minutes when another piece of debris passed close by. Seven astronauts aboard...


Latest STS-119 Reference Libraries

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2010-11-19 15:43:19

Richard Arnold is an American educator and a NASA astronaut. He was born Richard Robert Arnold II on November 26, 1963 in Cheverly, Maryland. He was raised in Bowie, Maryland, where he met and married his wife, Eloise. Together, the couple has two daughters. Arnold received his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Frostburg State University in 1985, and two years later he started working at the United States Naval Academy as an Oceanographic Technician. After he finished his teacher...

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2010-11-17 14:45:27

Dominic Antonelli is a NASA astronaut. He was born Dominic Anthony Antonelli on August 23, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised both Indiana and North Carolina. He graduated from Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and then received his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A couple years later he earned a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. Antonelli served...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • 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.'
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