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NASA Hosts Long-Distance Tweetup with Astronauts on Space Station

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For the first time, NASA's Twitter followers will have the opportunity to directly talk live with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. NASA is hosting this unique Tweetup for 35 people from 10 a.m. to noon EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, in Washington.

NASA Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the Tweetup. Reporters planning to share in this unique collaborative experience must register with NASA public affairs at 202-358-1100 by 5 p.m. on Oct. 14. Because of the event's limited time, journalists will not be permitted to ask questions of the astronauts on the space station.

PY4MAB – Fri, 2009 – 10 – 02 13:31

New Space Station Crew Launches; In-Orbit News Conference Set

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The next residents of the International Space Station launched into orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, Russian cosmonaut Max Suraev and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte lifted off at 2:14 a.m. CDT.

Future Expedition 22 Commander Williams, Soyuz Commander Suraev and Laliberte are scheduled to dock with the station at 3:37 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2. They will spend nine days as members of a joint crew that includes Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA's Mike Barratt and Nicole Stott, the European Space Agency's Frank De Winne, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and the Canadian Space Agency's Bob Thirsk.

PY4MAB – Fri, 2009 – 10 – 02 13:29

NASA Publishes Report about International Space Station Science

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Advances in the fight against food poisoning, new methods for delivering medicine to cancer cells, and better materials for future spacecraft are among the results published in a NASA report detailing scientific research accomplishments made aboard the International Space Station during its first eight years.

The report includes more than 100 science experiments ranging from bone studies to materials research.

"This report represents a record of science accomplishments during assembly and summarizes peer-reviewed publications to date," said Julie Robinson, program scientist for the station at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "As we enter the final year of station assembly, this report highlights the capabilities and opportunities for space station research after assembly is complete."

PY4MAB – Fri, 2009 – 10 – 02 13:29

NASA Sets Briefing with Members of Future Space Station Crews

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Three future residents of the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CDT Thursday, Sept. 17, from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Questions will be taken from reporters at participating NASA sites.

NASA astronaut Timothy J. Creamer, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are scheduled to launch on a Soyuz spacecraft Dec. 7 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will dock with the space station two days later and join Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev as members of the resident crew.

PY4MAB – Thu, 2009 – 08 – 20 08:03

NASA Completes Assembly of Ares I-X Test Rocket

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- For the first time in more than a quarter-century a new space vehicle stands ready in NASA's Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building. The Ares I-X rocket, its simulated crew module and launch abort system are assembled on a mobile launch platform at Kennedy in preparation for launch this fall.

The final segments of the Ares I-X were stacked on Aug. 13, completing the 327-foot launch vehicle and providing the first look at the finished rocket's distinctive shape. The Ares I-X flight test is targeted for Oct. 31.

"More than three years of hard work with the NASA and contractor team has brought us to this historic moment," said Bob Ess, Ares I-X mission manager. "This flight test is a critical step in continuing our design process for the Ares vehicle and the first flight for the Constellation Program."

N5VHO – Mon, 2009 – 08 – 17 13:56

Florida Native to Live Aboard International Space Station

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Nicole Stott, a native of Clearwater, Fla., will make her first journey into orbit on space shuttle Discovery's upcoming mission to the International Space Station. She will live and work aboard the station for three months.

Discovery is targeted to launch at 1:36 a.m. EDT, Aug. 25, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To cover the launch on-site, U.S. reporters must request Kennedy credentials online at:

Stott is one of seven astronauts who will fly on Discovery's STS-128 mission. The 13-day flight will deliver science and storage racks, a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and a treadmill named after comedian Stephen Colbert. The name Colbert received the most entries in NASA's online poll to name the station's Node 3. NASA named the node Tranquility.

PY4MAB – Thu, 2009 – 08 – 13 18:23

Japanese Space Underwear Keeps Stink Out

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A set of high-tech Japanese underwear has passed the ultimate smell test in space.

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata put the new underwear, which is designed to keep foul odors down in space, and other garb to an extra-long endurance test during his 4 1/2-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

"I wore it for about a month and my station crewmembers never complained for that month, so I think the experiment went fine," Wakata told the Associated Press Thursday in a televised interview.

Wakata is returning to Earth on NASA's space shuttle Endeavour, which is due to land Friday after an 11-day stay at the space station. Before leaving the station, Wakata told Japanese dignitaries, students and reporters that he spent two months in all wearing the experimental space clothing designed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

PY4MAB – Sat, 2009 – 08 – 01 09:16

NASA Crew Takes YouTube Questions In Spanish And English

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NASA's next space shuttle crew will answer questions submitted by YouTube users in both English and Spanish during the upcoming mission to the International Space Station. The crew is targeted to launch on the STS-128 mission in late August,

Questions may be submitted starting today at:

Several questions will be selected to be answered live from orbit by the crew during a special event that will be broadcast on NASA Television. STS-128 astronaut Jose Hernandez, one crew member who will answer questions, is providing insights on his training in both English and Spanish via Twitter. To follow him, visit:

PY4MAB – Sat, 2009 – 08 – 01 09:13

Crowded Space Station Has International Flair, Astronaut Says

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The International Space Station may feel a bit crowded with 13 people aboard, but the population boost has also given it a multicultural flair, an astronaut said Sunday.

NASA astronaut Dave Wolf, who once lived aboard Russia's Mir space station for months, said the space station is an inviting place.

"As you go through here, you hear different languages. You hear different music," Wolf told reporters in a televised news conference. "It's like going around the world within a spacecraft that's already going around."

The space station is currently home to its first full six-man crew and seven astronauts from the shuttle Endeavour, which brought Wolf and his crewmates to the station. That makes 13 in all - the largest single gathering aboard the station.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2009 – 07 – 27 15:24

NASA Revives Air-Scrubbing System on Space Station

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NASA engineers have revived a vital air-scrubbing system on the International Space Station and are hunting for the source of the glitch that sent it offline.

The American-built air scrubber, called a Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA), shut down Saturday, sending engineers on Earth scrambling for a fix while a record 13 people work aboard the space station.

They ultimately revived the life support gear in a manual mode, one that requires extra flight controllers on Earth to keep it working. Normally, the system runs automatically and NASA is hopeful that a software patch expected late Sunday will recover that ability as well.

PY4MAB – Mon, 2009 – 07 – 27 15:23

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