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Exercise Has Benefits, Even When It's Done In Space
2012-03-23 03:28:53

Astronauts have been taking part in short spaceflight missions since 1961. They have only recently begun to spend significantly longer times in space, with missions extending for months, since the days of the Russian Mir space station (1986-2001) and extended stays on the International Space Station (ISS; November 2000). Though earlier studies clearly showed that astronauts on these extended missions suffered serious deficits from lengthy times in a low-gravity environment, including...

2009-09-01 09:09:39

NASA says the crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station have started moving eight tons of supplies from the shuttle to the station. European Space Agency astronauts Christer Fuglesang and Frank DeWinne became the first crew members to enter the newly installed Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module early Tuesday. NASA said the module is loaded with equipment that includes two research racks, a new station crew quarters, a freezer, an air revitalization system and...

2009-08-28 13:43:19

The rotating support structure was rolled away from the shuttle Discovery Friday in preparation for a night launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., NASA said. The shuttle was targeted for liftoff at 11:59 EDT with no issues reported that could affect the launch, NASA officials said. A launch Tuesday was delayed by storms and a launch Wednesday was scrapped after a problem with a fuel valve. Discovery's external fuel tanks were to be loaded as astronauts prepared to ferry supplies to the...

2009-08-24 08:36:45

The U.S. space agency said it would broadcast a message from comedian Stephen Colbert Monday as it prepared to launch the Colbert treadmill into space. The message was set to air on NASA television after space shuttle Discovery's fueling concluded (at approximately 7:15 p.m. EDT). Discovery is to, among other things, deliver the treadmill to the International Space Station. The name Colbert received the most entries in NASA's online poll to name the station's Node 3 module, so NASA named its...

2009-08-21 14:52:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will broadcast a special message from comedian Stephen Colbert on Monday, Aug. 24, as the space shuttle Discovery prepares to deliver the COLBERT treadmill to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The message will air on NASA Television after the shuttle's fueling commentary concludes at approximately 7:15 p.m. EDT. The name Colbert received the most entries in...

2009-06-15 13:40:00

International Space Station astronauts are getting a new toy in August "“ a treadmill. Famously named after comedian Stephen Colbert1, the new running machine will help astronauts stay fit, fighting off the bone loss and muscle decay2 that otherwise comes with space travel. Just one problem: How do you run where there's no gravity to hold your feet to the ground? "Bungee cords! You have to strap yourself to the treadmill," explains astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams. And she's not...

2009-04-27 06:45:00

Flight engineers Koichi Wakata and Michael Barratt worked to complete the maintenance of the station's treadmill vibration isolation system Friday. The astronauts spent several days working on the exercise unit to improve its performance after years of on-orbit use. A second treadmill will be delivered in the summer aboard space shuttle Discovery during the STS-128 mission. The new treadmill, named Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, or COLBERT, was named after...

2009-04-21 12:45:00

El SEGUNDO, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA's newest piece of astronaut fitness gear headed for the International Space Station, the COLBERT, is perfect for a facility that wants to avoid too many house calls for repairs. The COLBERT is designed to go up to 150,000 miles without a belt change. "The COLBERT represents the integrated efforts of our best engineers and scientists to deliver a highly reliable and very critical piece of flight hardware," said Jim Kukla, a group vice...

2009-04-15 05:00:00

The International Space Station module formerly known as Node 3 has a new name. After more than a million online responses, the node will be called "Tranquility." The name Tranquility was chosen from thousands of suggestions submitted by participants on NASA's Web site, www.nasa.gov. The "Help Name Node 3" poll asked people to vote for the module's name either by choosing one of four options listed by NASA or offering their own suggestion. Tranquility was one of the top 10 suggestions...

2009-03-30 15:15:00

NASA's attempt to drum up interest in the International Space Station started innocently with an online contest to name the station's new living quarters. However, a comedian who poses as an ultra right-wing news commentator on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert, stepped into the act with an audience that has backed the U.S. space agency into a corner. Colbert's supporters caste 230,539 votes for "Colbert" to be the new name of the $100-billion space outpost. NASA's suggested name, "Serenity,"...

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