Space Station Spacewalk Succcessful

Space Station Spacewalk Succcessful

Yesterday’s spacewalk was successful and the replacement pump is now in place. Astronauts Wheelock and Caldwell Dyson spent 7 hours and 20 minutes on this spacewalk, added to their two previous expeditions of 7 hours 26 minutes last Wednesday (August 11), and 8 hours 3 minutes the previous Saturday (August 7). Their efforts were needed …

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Third Spacewalk to Fix Coolant Pump Underway

Third Spacewalk to Fix Coolant Pump Underway

International Space Station (ISS) astronauts Wheelock and Caldwell Dyson are outside the space station again on their third spacewalk to repair the cooling system. A coolant pump failed on July 31 and the intrepid spacewalkers have been working to fix it. During the first two spacewalks they removed the failed pump and today they are …

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UPDATE: Events of Interest: Week of August 16-20, 2010

UPDATE: Events of Interest: Week of August 16-20, 2010

UPDATE: We’ve added the NASA commercial crew event on Thursday. The following events may be of interest in the coming week. Things are pretty slow as everyone enjoys the last weeks of summer vacation. We don’t have anything on the calendar for the subsequent two weeks, so unless we learn of something new, the next …

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Understanding Dark Energy, Finding Earth-like Planets Top Priorities Says NRC's Astro2010 Study

Understanding Dark Energy, Finding Earth-like Planets Top Priorities Says NRC's Astro2010 Study

The National Research Council (NRC) released its most recent Decadal Survey for astronomy and astrophysics today. Formally entitled New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics, but dubbed “Astro2010,” the report lays out the scientific and mission priorities for ground- and space-based astronomy for the next 10 years. It is the sixth NRC Decadal Survey …

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Senate to Reconvene Briefly Tomorrow

Senate to Reconvene Briefly Tomorrow

It’s anything but a usual summer break for Congress. First the House returned for one day of legislative activity on Tuesday, and now the Senate will return briefly on Thursday. The Senate will recovene to pass an emergency supplemental appropriations bill for border security (H.R. 6080) that was passed by the House when it was …

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Station Spacewalk Successful, But Probably Two More Needed

Station Spacewalk Successful, But Probably Two More Needed

Two spacewalking astronauts successfully disconnected and removed a failed ammonia coolant pump today on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS). Another spacewalk, no earlier than Monday, is needed to install the replacement pump and a fourth outing may be needed to clean up the worksite according to NASA. Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell …

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Second Spacewalk to Fix ISS Coolant Pump Underway

Second Spacewalk to Fix ISS Coolant Pump Underway

International Space Station (SS) astronauts Doug Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson are currently outside the ISS in a second attempt to replace an ISS coolant pump that failed. Their first attempt on Saturday ran into a roadblock when a quick disconnect fitting did not work properly, but NASA reports on its ISS website that they …

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Those Who Survived, Those Who Did Not

Those Who Survived, Those Who Did Not

Former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, his son, and two others survived the crash of a privately owned airplane in Alaska, but former Senator Ted Stevens and four others did not. Mr. O’Keefe reportedly was “badly injured.” The New York Times has identified those who were aboard the aircraft. The survivors are Mr. O’Keefe, 54, and …

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O'Keefe and Son Survive Plane Crash, Ted Stevens Does Not: New York Times

O'Keefe and Son Survive Plane Crash, Ted Stevens Does Not: New York Times

Former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe and his son both survived the airplane crash in Alaska, according to the New York Times. Former Senator Ted Stevens did not. News reports say that of the nine passengers on the private plane, four survived and five did not. Mr. O’Keefe reportedly is one of three survivors airlifted to …

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UPDATE: Sean O'Keefe, Ted Stevens, Reported to Be On Downed Plane in Alaska

UPDATE: Sean O'Keefe, Ted Stevens, Reported to Be On Downed Plane in Alaska

UOPDATE: The New York Times reports that Mr. OKeefe and his son survived, and Mr. O’Keefe was one of three persons airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage. UPDATE: The Associated Press cites Shannon O’Keefe as confirming that her brother and his son were on the plane but “their status was not immediately known.” UPDATE: NASAWatch …

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