Archive - Jan 2009 - Story
A little bit of the final frontier is coming to Missouri during a live in-flight education downlink from the International Space Station. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 10:05 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. CST, selected students from the Northeast Nodaway school district and Northwest Missouri State University will spend 20 minutes talking to Expedition 18 astronauts Mike Fincke and Sandy Magnus aboard the International Space Station. The event will be the first with a Missouri school in the eight-year history of education downlink opportunities.
Northeast Nodaway students have been preparing for the downlink by visiting the NASA Web site to learn about the station, Expedition 18 crewmembers, mission objectives and science experiments. The school is part of the NASA Explorer School project. The project offers a three-year partnership between NASA and school teams, consisting of teachers and education administrators from diverse communities across the country. Focusing on underserved populations, the project is designed for education communities at the fourth to ninth grade levels to help middle schools improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education
NASA's twin STEREO spacecraft are giving astronomers an over-the-horizon look at the 'dark side' of the Sun. This new perspective could lead to important advances in space weather forecasting and solar physics research.
St. Cyr notes that experienced ham radio operators can participate in this historic mission by helping NASA capture STEREO's images. The busy Deep Space Network downloads data from STEREO only three hours a day. That's plenty of time to capture all of the previous day's data, but NASA would like to monitor the transmissions around the clock.
"So we're putting together a 'mini-Deep Space Network' to stay in constant contact with STEREO," says Bill Thompson, director of the STEREO Science Center at Goddard.
An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at the Castor Valley Elementary School in Greely, Ontario, Canada on 27 January. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1934 UTC.
The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and VA3ITB. The contact should be audible over most of eastern North America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
Castor Valley Elementary School is a French Immersion site in the Ottawa District School Board. It is nestled in the cornfields of Greely found on the outskirts of Ottawa, the Canadian capital. There are currently 660 students enrolled at CVES attending Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 classes. Castor Valley students are eagerly awaiting January 27th, anticipating what it will be like to communicate with Commander Mike Finke aboard the ISS. We are very excited to make contact with someone who is not on this planet.
Image above: Raven Ridge, Colorado, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 18 crew member on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
Science experiments and preparations for the arrival of a space shuttle in February filled the International Space Station Expedition 18 crew's time Tuesday.
Commander Mike Fincke worked out on the newly installed Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED). He reported it was functioning properly.
The ARED allows the station's residents to "pump iron," though they actually pump nothing at all. The ARED uses vacuum canisters to potentially create as much as 600 pounds of resistive force.
WASHINGTON -- NASA astronauts who recently returned from a trip to the International Space Station will join representatives from across the country and the nation's armed forces in the 56th Inaugural Parade.
The NASA contingent will include a next-generation lunar rover that astronauts will use for future exploration of the moon. The parade will travel down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Jan. 20 following swearing-in ceremonies for President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden. Many of the participating astronauts -- Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe, mission specialists Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff -- flew on space shuttle Endeavour in November 2008 on the STS-126 mission.
Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. Richard Garriott Debrief
3. Cosmonaut Training Status
1. Upcoming School Contacts
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, Canada has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Tuesday, January 20 at 18:06 UTC via telebridge station ON4ISS in Belgium. A space club has been formed at the hospital and those children participating in the club have learned about the ISS via videos, the internet and guest speakers. They have learned to use correct radio protocol and have tracked and plotted the course of the ISS. They have also created artwork to be displayed during the contact. Media coverage of the event is expected.
The Expedition 18 crew focused on science activities aboard the International Space Station Friday.
Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov spent time with a plant biology experiment as well as studying crew breathing in microgravity. He also took photographs of the Earth as part of an Earth observation experiment.
Commander Mike Fincke and Lonchakov worked out on the station's treadmill while Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus continued the setup and checkout of the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device.
The station crew members spent some time Friday in a space-to-ground conference with their successors. Expedition 19 is scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on March 25.
An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 20 January. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1806 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and ON4ISS. The contact should be audible over most of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Audio from the contact should also be available via the AMSAT conference on EchoLink and via the 9010 Discovery reflector on IRLP. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
The engines of the International Space Station's Zvezda service module fired at 1:06 p.m. EST Wednesday for a 2-minute, 22-second reboost of the station. This was the second of three planned reboosts that will put the complex at the ideal altitude for the arrival of Discovery and the ISS Progress 32 cargo craft in February.
The toilet in the Zvezda Service Module was working again after a malfunction early Wednesday sent the crew off on troubleshooting procedures. Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov replaced a gas separator and checked other plumbing elements. The new Waste and Hygiene Compartment in the Destiny laboratory would have served as a backup if the toilet had continued to malfunction.
NASA Headquarters will welcome the astronauts of the STS-126 space shuttle mission on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 10 a.m. EST. The crew completed a 16-day flight on Nov. 30 and delivered equipment to the International Space Station that will allow the outpost to house up to six astronauts for long-duration stays.
The astronauts will share the mission's highlights with NASA employees, their families and journalists at NASA Headquarters' James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium, 300 E. Street, S.W., in Washington. The crew's presentation will air live on NASA Television's public and education channels. The astronauts will be available for media interviews following the presentation. Interested reporters should call 202-358-1100 before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, to confirm an interview time.