Archive - Apr 2003
ARISS contacts are off limits for the next several weeks due to the crew handover.
Next Scheduled Contacts:
Webster High School, Webster, N.Y.
Klem Road South Elementary, Webster, N.Y.
Palo Alto Gunn High School, California
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Astronaut Don Pettit looked out the window of the International Space Station earlier this month and saw the full moon setting behind Earth's edge-on atmosphere. Using a handheld digital camera, he captured a rapid-fire sequence of images. The resulting movie reveals a moonset like nothing you've seen on Earth.
PCSAT2 is on the air for its 200 hour pre-flight burn in test. Now scheduled for flight on ISS in September, it should be a fun payload.
SpaceCam1 Slow Scan TV project for ISS, Update
The MAREX-NA/ARISS SpaceCam1 SSTV System is an entry-level PC based Slow Scan Television system designed to be used on board the International Space Station. The SpaceCam1 system will support multiple common SSTV transmission modes.
There are five Amateur Radio operators aboard the International Space Station this week. The Expedition 6 crew of Commander Ken Bowersox, KD5JBP, NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit, KD5MDT, and Nikolai Budarin, RV3FB, today welcomed Expedition 7 crew members Commander Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, and Ed Lu, KC5WKJ.
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Malenchenko, Budarin and Bowersox will have a Soyuz descent and landing training session Wednesday to fine tune techniques Budarin will use on Saturday as he commands the return craft for its trip back to Earth. Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit will undock from the complex at 5:40 p.m. CDT May 3 en route to a landing in Kazakhstan at 9:03 p.m. that day.
Two new residents have arrived at the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft linked up to the station this morning as they flew over Kazakhstan in central Asia. The Russian Soyuz docked to the Earth-facing port of the station's Zarya Module at 12:56 a.m. CDT (0556 GMT).
Docking plan: The S-TMA2 arrives at the ISS on 28.04.03 at about 0550UTC and will somewhat later approach and dock. Over the Netherlands voice traffic about the approach can be monitored during ISS orbit 25321 between 0539-0547UTC via 121.750 mc and possibly also via 130.165 mc. Simultaneously Budarin can be active from ISS via 143.625 mc. The soft and hard mate will take place when both objects just have disappeared over the eastern horizon for Western Europe.
The central problem with the space station is that its builders keep changing the justification for its existence as they respond to the latest failures in the manned space program.
Despite the protestations of some, cost is a critical issue for the international space station program, with over 60 billion dollars still to be committed in new funding allocations from the US, Europe, Japan and Russia -- all of whom have growing budget deficits
Full Story At: SpaceDaily.Com