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2008-03-21 22:40:41

This story was updated 11:25 p.m. EDT. HOUSTON - Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Endeavour scanned their spacecraft's vital heat shield for dings again Friday as they prepared for their fifth spacewalk outside the International Space Station (ISS). The late heat shield inspection is a now standard task for astronauts to ensure their orbiter's sensitive heat shield panels are free of damage from micrometeorites or other orbital debris. But the laborious scan is typically...

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2008-03-22 06:50:00

Astronauts aboard the space station inspected the heat shield of the shuttle Endeavour on Friday, following an overnight spacewalk in which they tested a gooey material developed by NASA to repair a breach in the spacecraft's thermal armor. The crew is now preparing for a Saturday spacewalk to store on the station the laser-tipped boom they used to search for damage. Endeavour's seven astronauts are due to depart the orbital outpost Monday night after 12 days spent assembling a...

2008-03-21 12:51:09

HOUSTON - Astronauts aboard NASA's shuttle Endeavour will scan their spacecraft's vital heat shield for dings again Friday, even though the orbiter is still docked at the International Space Station (ISS). The late heat shield inspection is a now standard task for astronauts to ensure their orbiter's sensitive heat shield panels are free of damage from micrometeorites or other orbital debris. But the laborious scan is typically performed after a shuttle has undocked from the ISS and...

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2008-03-21 00:00:00

Two spacewalking astronauts, working outside the international space station late Thursday, wrapped up tests with a gooey repair material for damaged shuttle heat shielding that NASA hopes it never has to use. The testing was a milestone of sorts in NASA's efforts to rebound from the fatal 2003 breakup of the shuttle Columbia, a tragedy blamed on undetected breach of the thermal armoring. The pink caulk-like material offered few surprises as astronauts Mike Foreman and Bob Behnkensquirted it...

2008-03-20 08:24:20

HOUSTON - When visiting someone's house - even in space - bring food. That was Japanese astronaut Takao Doi's motto and his country's orbital eats are apparently a hit aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Doi, a veteran spaceflyer who is helping deliver the first segment of Japan's massive Kibo laboratory to the ISS, packed three types of Japanese noodles, some salmon and steamed rice for his crewmates aboard the shuttle Endeavour and space station. "Actually, the Japanese...

2008-03-20 08:24:20

HOUSTON - Two astronauts will float outside the International Space Station (ISS) Thursday armed with a space age caulk gun and its goo-like ammo to test their effectiveness in shuttle heat shield repairs. Spacewalkers Robert Behnken and Mike Foreman will begin their orbital work at 6:28 p.m. EDT (2228 GMT) to demonstrate a technique for fixing dinged shuttle heat shield tiles. "While we've been able to test this material on the ground, we have not been able to test it both in...

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2008-03-20 08:00:00

The astronauts on the orbiting shuttle-station complex geared up Thursday for the fourth spacewalk of their mission, a high-profile test of a repair technique they hope they never have to use. Two of the crew members were to float outside Thursday night to squirt salmon-colored goo into the crevices of extra space shuttle thermal tiles that were deliberately damaged for the test. NASA wants to see how well the caulking gun and patching material work, in case they're ever needed for a real...

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2008-03-19 00:05:00

Astronauts aboard the space station gave Dextre, the newly assembled robotic handyman, a permanent home outside the orbital outpost on Tuesday. Using the station's robot arm, they moved the gangly, mechanical giant to a perch outside the American science laboratory. Before the move, spacewalkers Rick Linnehan and Bob Behnken had equipped Dextre with a tool belt, lights and camera. Their seven-hour outing put the final touches on the $209 million Canadian creation, whose hands, arms, torso and...

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2008-03-18 08:10:00

Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up the assembly of a robotic handyman outside the international space station late Monday, equipping the 12-foot tall humanoid with a tool kit, camera and lights. The outing by astronauts Rick Linnehan and Bob Behnken drew to a close after midnight, stretching to nearly seven hours. The $209 million Canadian mechanical maintenance man, nicknamed Dextre, was delivered to the space station in pieces aboard the shuttle Endeavour last week. His hands, arms and...

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2008-03-17 07:00:00

A robotic handyman, nearing final assembly outside the international space station, moved his hands and arms for the first time Sunday, delighting the astronauts as well as the mechanism's Canadian development team. A third and final spacewalk to equip the $209 million Canadian robot nicknamed Dextre with a toolbelt and tools is planned for Monday night. The robot was delivered to the station in pieces aboard the shuttle Endeavour last week to carry out some of the future space station...


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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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