Endeavour Launch Week

November 9, 2008

The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to lift off from the Florida coastline on Friday, November 14th at 7.55pm EST to the International Space Station. The equipment includes new crew quarters, a galley, oxygen generator and wastewater recycling device. The equipment will allow the station to double its crew to six next year.

You can follow the mission at the shuttle mission page and if there are any special events, we’ll talk about them here. Locally, we have the Community Media Center to thank, as they broadcast NASA-TV on local cable channel 24 (Livewire). The GRAAA sponsors NASA-TV locally. Godspeed Endeavour, and good luck.

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Discovery Channel Salutes NASA

June 7, 2008

If you have The Discovery Channel on your cable or satellite system, and you are a fan of the space program (which you probably are, if you’re reading this) you should check out a great six-part program that begins on Sunday evening, June 8th.

Titled “When We Left Earth,” this miniseries gives an overview of the fifty years of NASA, using footage seen and also footage previously not seen by the public in many years. And what is even more incredible, NASA worked with the Discovery Channel in converting all those old film and video reels into high definition format, for a stunning visual feast.

Spanning the timeline from the choice of the original Mercury Seven astronauts to the mission of the International Space Station, “When We Left Earth” is a must-see for any space enthusiast, or anyone who has ever gazed up in the night sky in wonder, wishing they could experience what’s out there.

The Discovery Channel website has an extensive area devoted to this program, with interactive timelines, information, and games. Please check it out.

And after you have seen this breakthrough miniseries, you can pick it up on DVD (regular and the spectacular Blu-Ray editions) on July 10th.

So “check your local listings” as to when this program will be seen in your area.


Discovery is Go!

May 31, 2008

Precisely as scheduled, the space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral this afternoon on the mission to the International Space Station. With it’s 5.02pm EDT launch, Discovery is bringing the Kibo module to add to the ISS, which will be the largest module that will be attached to the station,  thus continuing effort to complete the ISS in the next few years.

The Kibo module is from JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will use the station’s remote arm to remove the Kibo module from the shuttle’s payload pay and attached it to the station.

Discovery is also bringing up some last minute components for ISS, as their waste disposal facility failed a few days ago. So in addition to adding the new module, swapping out tanks, and normal mission objectives, they will help the Expedition 17 crew fix the toilet. 🙂

Until docking with the station on Monday, Discovery will be visible in the evening skies tonight and tomorrow night, playing catch up to ISS. Check out the link int he right-hand menu for updated listings on when the shuttle and space station will be visible in your area.


Endeavour Lights up the Night Sky

March 11, 2008

At 2.28am EDT, the Florida coastline lit up with a false sunrise as the Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Cape Canaveral for a scheduled 16-day mission to the International Space Station. Everything went smoothly, and Endeavour is now safely in low earth orbit, heading for a rendezvous and docking with ISS.

This long mission will include five spacewalks, and the installation of the first part of the Kibo module of the Japanese Space Agency, and the new robotic manipultor system, which is called Dextre.

If you want to see when the shuttle (and the space station) are flying over your area, just visit the link on the side of the page. They will both be visible in the morning skies.

You can follow the mission at the shuttle mission page and if there are any special events, we’ll talk about them here. Locally, we have the Community Media Center to thank, as they broadcast NASA-TV on local cable channel 24 (Livewire). The GRAAA sponsors NASA-TV locally.Godspeed Endeavour, and good luck.

Atlantis is Flying

February 7, 2008

At 2.45pm – right on time – the Space Shuttle Atlantis rose from Cape Canaveral on a 11 day mission to the International Space Station, delivering the Columbus laboratory.

Atlantis was supposed to launch in early December, but a sensor problem forced the delay until today. When it returns from this mission, Atlantis’ next task is to service the Hubble Space Telescope in August.

If you want to see when the shuttle (and the space station) are flying over your area, just visit the link on the side of the page. They will both be visible in the evening skies, if (and when) we ever get some clear nights.

You can follow the mission at the shuttle mission page and if there are any special events, we’ll talk about them here. Locally, we have the Community Media Center to thank, as they broadcast NASA-TV on local cable channel 24 (Livewire). The GRAAA sponsors NASA-TV locally.

So Godspeed Atlantis, and good luck. And welcome to the New World, Columbus.


Atlantis Scrubbed

December 9, 2007

Word has come down that, due to a faulty fuel sensor, the shuttle Atlantis’ mission to the International Space Station will take place no earlier than January 2, 2008.

You can follow the progress at the Human Space Flight website.


Endeavour Touches Down

August 21, 2007

The space shuttle Endeavour landed at 12.32 pm EDT today at the Kennedy Space Center, ending a 13 day mission to the International Space Station. The mission was cut short by one day due to the possibility of Hurricane Dean causing problems with NASA centers in Texas. They added a truss segment to the station, and brought up supplies and items for future missions.

This mission featured Barbara Morgan, who was Christa McAuliffe’s backup in the “Teacher in Space” program in the 1980’s. She had since been trained as an actual astronaut, and has finally fulfilled the mission that her and other teachers have dreamt about for decades.

Locally, we have the Community Media Center to thank, as they broadcast NASA-TV on local cable channel 24 (Livewire). The GRAAA sponsors NASA-TV locally.