Archive - Oct 2006 - Story
NASA says astronaut and astronomer John Grunsfeld, KC5ZTF, will be a mission specialist on the space agency's final mission to extend and improve the Hubble Space Telescope's capabilities through 2013. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced plans for the fifth servicing mission to Hubble October 31. NASA had said previously that it would make no further Hubble missions.
When Russian flight controllers encountered difficulties during a recent International Space Station cargo rocket docking, NASA called on a special -- although little-known -- Amateur Radio team to stand by if needed. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Ops Team "ISS Ham Contingency Network" volunteers around the world immediately swung into action. Within 15 minutes of receiving the call from Johnson Space Center, Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, reported the ISS Ham Contingency Network was ready to provide any necessary communication support.
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Astronauts currently working on the International Space Station will have their six-month mission extended by another month to avoid early spring flooding on the Kazakh steppe, where they are due to land, a Russian space official said last Wednesday.
According to a revised schedule, U.S. astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin of the Expedition 14 crew, who began working on the world's sole orbital station September 20, will return to Earth in April instead of March.
Russian Mission Control experts on Thursday succeeded in latching a cargo ship securely onto the international space station, after an initial failure to complete the docking, an official said.
"The repeat attempt to hook up the ship with the station has been a success," Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin told The Associated Press.
A faulty antenna apparently prevented the Progress M-58 cargo ship from hooking up quickly to the station, after a smooth docking at 6:28 p.m. Moscow time (1428 GMT), he said.
An International Space Station Expedition 14 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at the Flanders Science Festival in Transinne, Belgium on Friday, 27 Oct 2006. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:36 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and WH6PN. The contact should be audible to anyone in Hawaii. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Additional listening options are listed below. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
IRLP - Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010.
Plans to deploy an HF transceiver and a digital TV system in space were among the highlights of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) 2006 International Delegates Meeting October 9-10 near San Francisco. The session also marked ARISS's 10th anniversary.
A shipment of supplies began its journey to the International Space Station Monday as the ISS Progress 23 cargo ship was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The new resupply ship lifted off at 9:41 a.m. EDT (7:41 p.m. Baikonur time). It will be the 23rd Progress to visit the station. Less than 10 minutes later, the cargo ship reached orbit, and its solar arrays and navigational antennas were deployed for the three-day trip to the
Youngsters participating in an ESA sponsored "Space Camp" at the Euro Space Center, Transinne, Belgium (www.eurospacecenter.be) are scheduled to take part in an ARISS contact with NA1SS. This telebridge event is planned to take place on Friday, October 27, 2006 at 1036 UTC and will be supported by ground station WH6PN located in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Live audio will be available on IRLP and EchoLink through the ARISS Audio Distribution Project.
IRLP users can connect to the main channel of "Discovery" Reflector 9010. The audio feed will begin approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled contact time. Streaming audio is also available at www.discoveryreflector.ca:8000/listen.pls (expect a 2 to 3 minute delay on this stream).
The three residents of the International Space Station spent a busy week with varied science and technical tasks as they began their second month in orbit.
Expedition 14 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin practiced using the manual docking system for the Russian Progress cargo ship. They rehearsed rendezvous, flyaround maneuvers and approach and docking with an on-board simulator.
The STS-116 crew members visited NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week for the crew equipment interface test. The test is a routine part of astronaut training and launch preparations, and allows astronauts to get hands-on with the equipment and flight hardware that will be used during the mission.