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International Space Station Could Fly Through 2028, NASA Partners Say

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The International Space Station (ISS) partners have begun reviewing their on-board hardware with the goal of certifying it for use until 2028 even as they seek ways to reduce the annual operating costs of the orbital complex, the partners said in a joint statement Thursday.

Meeting in Tokyo, the heads of space agencies from the United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada expressed approval at the U.S. President Barack Obama's proposal to continue NASA use of the space station until 2020, and said operating beyond that date should also be considered.

"[T]here are no identified technical constraints to continuing ISS operations beyond the current planning horizon of 2015 to at least 2020 ... the Partnership is currently working to certify on-orbit elements through 2028," the five agencies said in a statement, adding that they share a "strong mutual interest in continuing operations and utilisation for as long as the benefits of ISS exploitation are demonstrated."

PY4MAB – Thu, 2010 – 03 – 11 21:07

Space Station 98% Complete with 4 Shuttle Flights Remaining

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With the successful landing of the space shuttle Endeavour Sunday night, the International Space Station is on the verge of completion after $100 billion and 11 years of construction. NASA plans just four more missions to wrap up its few remaining station deliveries.

For Endeavour, in particular, Sunday's shuttle landing marked the beginning of the end. The spacecraft is the youngest of NASA's three aging space shuttles and engineers quickly began working to prepare it to launch one final spaceflight in July.

"We'll go into that with our heads held high," shuttle launch director Mike Leinbach said after the landing. "It's a little bit [of a] sad note, but a great ending to a great mission and we're looking forward to the next one."

PY4MAB – Tue, 2010 – 02 – 23 14:02

President Obama Speaks to Orbiting Astronauts

ISS News[img][/img] Image above: Aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 22 crew, dressed in blue shirts, and the STS-130 crew talk with President Barack Obama. Image credit: NASA TV All 11 astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Endeavour received a congratulatory phone call from President Barack Obama Wednesday. The president was accompanied at the White House by congressional leaders and a dozen middle school students from across the country who are in Washington, D.C. for a national engineering competition.
N5VHO – Thu, 2010 – 02 – 18 11:25

Astronauts Move Space Station Docking Port to New Home

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Astronauts moved an old docking port to a new spot on the International Space Station late Monday in the second straight day of tricky crane work 220 miles above Earth.

The astronauts used the station's 57-foot (17-meter) robotic arm to attach the old docking adapter, a cone-shaped connecting piece, from the top of the orbiting lab to the outboard end of its newest room Tranquility.

The crane work ended at 9:28 p.m. EST (0228 Tuesday GMT) and came one day after a new observation deck was plucked from the end of the Tranquility module and attached to a bottom port, where its seven windows are expected to give astronauts unprecedented views of Earth and space.

PY4MAB – Tue, 2010 – 02 – 16 06:33

Shuttle Astronauts Complete First Spacewalk

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Endeavour shuttle astronauts Robert Behnken and Nicholas Patrick are back inside the International Space Station after successfully completing all their planned chores for their first spacewalk to deliver the outpost's new Tranquility node and Cupola. They completed their work at 3:49 a.m. EST (0849 GMT).

Total spacewalking time: 6 hours, 32 minutes.

It was the first spacewalk for Patrick and fourth for Behnken, who ended with more than 25 hours of cumulative time working in space. Together, the two astronauts helped install Tranquility (crewmates Terry Virts and Kathryn Hire used the station's robotic arm to actually move it). They also stored some equipment for a later spacewalk and removed an old tool carrier platform from the station's Dextre maintenance robot.

PY4MAB – Fri, 2010 – 02 – 12 09:03

NASA Offers Tranquility Node Satellite Interviews from Launch Pad

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Bill Dowdell, NASA Kennedy Space Center's deputy director for International Space Station and spacecraft processing, is available for satellite interviews from 6 to 9 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 22.

Dowdell will conduct the interviews from Launch Pad 39A, just outside space shuttle Endeavour's payload bay. Tranquility, the next pressurized element bound for the station, will be placed inside Endeavour on 39A for its targeted launch on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Dowdell has worked for NASA since 1989, beginning his career in the Space Shuttle Program as an agency and orbiter test director. He is NASA's manager responsible for giving the "go" to launch the station payload and the readiness of the orbiting laboratory to receive and carry out its installation. Dowdell holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.Va., and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown.

PY4MAB – Wed, 2010 – 01 – 20 12:36

NASA Sets Jan. 11 Briefing to Preview Upcoming Spacewalk, Soyuz Relocation and Other January Space Station Milestones

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NASA officials will discuss an upcoming spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts, the relocation of a Soyuz spacecraft to a new docking port and other International Space Station activities during a briefing at 1 p.m. CST on Monday, Jan. 11. The briefing will take place at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Reporters at participating NASA centers may ask questions.

The briefing participants are:
- Pete Hasbrook, Expedition 22 increment manager, Johnson Space Center
- David Korth, Expedition 22 lead flight director, Johnson Space Center

PY4MAB – Tue, 2010 – 01 – 12 12:58

Winter High School Alumnus in Orbit on Space Station Will Talk with Wisconsin Students, State Representative

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Wisconsin Rep. Mary Williams will attend a discussion Jan. 6, 2010, among astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth and students from two Wisconsin schools. International Space Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi will speak with students from Winter School in Winter, Wis., and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School in Hayward, Wis.

Williams, Creamer and Noguchi are members of the station's Expedition 22 crew. Williams is a 1976 graduate of Winter High School and considers Winter his hometown.

The live call from orbit will take place between 8:40 a.m. and 9 a.m. CST during an event at Winter High School from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event will include videos of the astronauts' launches to the orbiting outpost aboard Soyuz rockets. Additionally, Mike Simonson of Wisconsin Public Radio will display objects brought back from Williams' launch in Kazakhstan.

PY4MAB – Fri, 2010 – 01 – 01 17:32

Astronauts Ring in New Year From Space

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As the people of Earth rang in the new year with parties and fireworks, five astronauts celebrated the dawn of 2010 in the only way they could â€" locked inside a space station 220 miles above the planet.

NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams, commander of the International Space Station, said New Year's Day is a unique time of celebration for his multi-cultural crew, which is made up of two Americans, two Russians and a Japanese astronaut. Space station astronauts get eight holidays a year to take time off, often choosing days from each of the countries represented on their crew.

"Of course, that provides a great opportunity to get another glimpse into the different cultures and traditions among us," Williams said in a New Year's Day message. "New Year's Day also provides that glimpse into the traditions of others but is unique in that everybody represented on board celebrates it at home. It is a common holiday among all the crewmembers."

PY4MAB – Fri, 2010 – 01 – 01 17:32

Astronauts Aboard the Space Station Talk With Troops in Iraq

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Some U.S. forces in Iraq will get the chance during the holidays to talk with two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station who also are far away from their families and friends. A 20-minute live video downlink will start at 8 a.m. CST on Dec. 29. The event will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's Web site.

Station Commander Jeff Williams, a retired U.S. Army colonel, and Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer, an Army colonel, will talk with U.S. forces while orbiting 220 miles above Earth. Service members will have the chance to talk with the astronauts about life on the station, their military careers and what it is like to live in space for up to six months.

PY4MAB – Sun, 2009 – 12 – 27 06:55

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