Archive - May 19, 2008 - Story

NASA Gives 'Go' for Space Shuttle Launch on May 31

Space Shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA senior managers completed a review Monday of space shuttle Discovery's readiness for flight and selected May 31 as the official launch date for the STS-124 mission. Commander Mark Kelly and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off to the International Space Station at 5:02 p.m. EDT.

Discovery's 14-day flight will carry the largest payload so far to the station and includes three spacewalks. It is the second of three missions that will launch components to complete the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. The crew will install Kibo's large Japanese Pressurized Module and Kibo's robotic arm system. Discovery also will deliver new station crew member Greg Chamitoff and bring back Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman, who will end a three-month stay aboard the outpost.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2008 – 05 – 19 18:59

ARISS Status May 19, 2008

ARISSTopics in this report: 1. Upcoming School Contact 2. Cindy McArthur Receives Silver Snoopy Award 3. ARISS Presentation Given at Dayton Hamvention 1. Upcoming School Contact Delta Researchers Schools 2008, Space Expo in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact via telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii. The contact will take place on Friday, May 23 at 13:59 UTC. Twelve Dutch primary schools which participate in the Delta-project will be represented at Space Expo. The project is a cooperation of the Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. The schools participating in the project use the themes of space and space exploration to teach science and technology. Three children (ages 7 - 12) from each school will be present. The audio for this event will be fed into the EchoLink AMSAT (101 377) and JK1ZRW (277 208) servers.
N5VHO – Mon, 2008 – 05 – 19 08:25

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