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2010-02-09 09:00:00

Endeavour astronauts inspected the space shuttle's thermal protection system, checked out spacesuits and prepared to dock with the International Space Station during their first full work day in space. Much of the day for Commander George Zamka, Pilot Terry Virts and Mission Specialists Kay Hire, Stephen Robinson, Nicholas Patrick and Robert Behnken was devoted to inspection of the shuttle's heat-resistant tiles and reinforced carbon-carbon surfaces on the wing leading edges and the nose....

2009-07-31 11:00:00

Space Shuttle Endeavour made a safe return to Earth on Friday to complete the 16-day mission. Endeavour's seven-member crew landed on schedule at 10:48 a.m. EDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission saw the completion of Japan's Kibo science laboratory on the International Space Station. The shuttle was docked with the ISS for 11 days as astronauts conducted five spacewalks to make various installations to the research lab. The mission marked the first time the ISS housed 13...

2009-07-29 16:25:00

U.S. space shuttle Endeavour astronauts found no evident flaws in their ship's thermal shielding Wednesday after inspecting it, NASA officials said. Everything appears on track for Friday morning's planned landing, flight director Tony Ceccacci said after the astronauts beamed down images of their inspection. But he said NASA would need 20 hours to analyze all the data. The crew used a 50-foot boom extension to the shuttle's robotic arm to ensure no micrometeoroid or other damage occurred...

2009-07-29 05:05:00

Late Heat Shield Inspections For Shuttle Shuttle astronauts will inspect Endeavour's heat shield one more time today as they begin to set their sights on a Friday landing. The seven-member crew was awakened to the song "Yellow" by the band Coldplay, uplinked for Pilot Doug Hurley in honor of his International Space Station fly-around. Commander Mark Polansky, Mission Specialist Julie Payette and Hurley will use Canadarm to grapple the Orbiter Boom Sensor System and pull it out of its moorings...

2009-07-27 07:00:00

Two astronauts have completed their fifth and final spacewalk during the US space shuttle Endeavor's rendezvous with the International Space Station, after installing two cameras in Japan's Kibo Laboratory.For nearly five hours, Endeavor astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn floated 225 miles above Earth as they installed the TV cameras to the outdoor experiments platform, which will help a Japanese cargo carrier dock with the ISS. They also completed various maintenance and prevention...

2009-07-23 06:55:00

The third spacewalk outside the International Space Station yesterday ended after five hours, 59 minutes when a potential problem occurred with the carbon dioxide scrubbing device on one of the spacewalker's suits concerned flight controllers in Mission Control. Mission specialists Dave Wolf and Chris Cassidy began the STS-127 mission's third spacewalk at 9:32 a.m. and ended it at 3:31 p.m. when Cassidy's CO2 levels increased more than expected as the two were in the midst of installing six...

2009-07-18 16:25:00

Two U.S. astronauts ventured outside the International Space Station Saturday to install the final section of the station's Japanese laboratory, NASA said. NASA reported on its Web site that while STS-127 shuttle mission member Dave Wolf and space station crew member Tim Kopra donned their battery-powered spacesuits to begin work on the third piece of the Kibo laboratory, called the Japanese Exposed Facility, other crew members were taking care of installation and robotics activities inside...

2009-07-08 11:15:00

Another delay could in store for the next shuttle launch this weekend due to stormy weather. NASA is hoping to launch Endeavour on Saturday night, following delays caused by a hydrogen gas leak.  The leak has been plugged, but now NASA is dealing with Mother Nature. Forecasters are predicting a chance of stormy weather at 60 percent for Saturday evening.  Conditions improve only slightly on Sunday. The mission includes seven astronauts assigned to a 16-day journey to space to...

2009-06-17 06:10:00

Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 launch today was officially scrubbed at 1:55 a.m. EDT when the same type of gaseous hydrogen leak was detected at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP. This is the same location where a similar leak resulted in a launch scrub on June 13. "We're going to step back and figure out what the problem is and go fix it," said Deputy Space Shuttle Program Manager LeRoy Cain during a briefing afterward. "Once we get it fixed and we're confident that we have a...

2009-06-16 21:10:00

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, launch managers met to discuss filling space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank in preparation for the STS-127 launch scheduled for 5:40 a.m. tomorrow. Due to current weather conditions, fueling will not begin as scheduled at 8:15 p.m. There is currently a 40 percent chance of weather prohibiting tanking as a result of anvil clouds and lightening in the area. Managers will continue to monitor weather conditions. Teams can begin tanking as late as 10 p.m....

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2010-11-19 15:49:49

Robert Behnken is an engineer, U. S. Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Louis Behnken on July 28, 1970 in Creve Coeur, Missouri. He graduated from Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Washington University in 1992, all while being in he ROTC. Just one year later, he received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
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