Archive - Dec 2007 - Story
The Space Shuttle Program met Thursday [Dec. 27] to assess the progress made to troubleshoot an issue with the engine cutoff sensor circuit that occurred during the recent launch attempts and tanking test. Instrumentation installed for the tanking test indicate that there are one or more intermittent open circuits in the area of the feed through connector on the external tank's liquid hydrogen tank.
The external parts of the connector will be removed and replaced with others that have been strategically soldered to ensure pin-to-socket connectivity and allow continuous electrical flow from sensors inside the external tank to the shuttle's computers.
An International Space Station Expedition 16 ARISS school contact has been planned with Kololev High School No.15, Moscow, Russia on 27 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:07 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations RS0ISS and ON4ISS. The contact should be audible in most of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. In addition, the audio should be available via IRLP and EchoLink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in Russian.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions (in Russian) as time allows :
More than 6,000 greetings had been sent to the Expedition 16 crew of the International Space Station through a link on the nasa.gov home page by Friday afternoon, and the number continued to grow at an increasing rate.
The greetings came from just about everywhere - South Carolina, New South Wales in Australia and the South Pole.
If those greetings had been sent by Christmas cards, the postal sacks would have weighed about 200 pounds. Just the postage would have cost more than $1,500. And there were still three days until Christmas.
Most of the electronic Christmas cards to Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Dan Tani were touching, admiring and heart-felt. They included:
The first AMRASE International Aerospace Research Conference was held on December 8 in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian astronaut Marcos Pontes was one of the speakers at the meeting. Pontes gave a presentation on his training and his participation in the Centenario Mission onboard the ISS. He also talked about the importance the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program plays in the education of youth.
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team has obtained solar panels for the SuitSat-2 project. Testing continues on the RF and power systems.
A SuitSat-2 status presentation was given at the 2007 Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) Space Symposium held in Pittsburgh in October. It has been posted on the AMSAT Web site. See: http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/Presentations/AMSAT%20Symposiums/2007%2...
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team's request to have the Memory Control Program (MCP) software added to the Expedition 17 SSC load has been approved. Once onboard, a crew member will be tasked to restore the Kenwood radio to its proper launch configuration.
HOUSTON - NASA Television will provide live coverage of the arrival of a new shipment of food, fuel, supplies and holiday gifts to the International Space Station on the morning after Christmas.
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Dan Tani will be standing by as the unpiloted ISS Progress 27 resupply craft automatically docks to the station's Pirs Docking Compartment on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at about 2:25 a.m. CST. NASA TV coverage of the new spacecraft's arrival at the station will begin at 2 a.m.
The cargo ship is carrying more than 2 tons of supplies for the three crew members. It will be launched on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 1:12 a.m., from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. There will be no television coverage of the launch.
The 90-year-old mother of an astronaut aboard the international space station was killed Wednesday when her car was struck by a freight train in a Chicago suburb.
A NASA flight surgeon in Mission Control informed astronaut Dan Tani of the death of his mother, Rose Tani, while he was orbiting about 220 miles above the Earth.
He had been originally scheduled to touch down in Florida on Wednesday aboard the shuttle Atlantis, but his tour was extended after the mission manager postponed the shuttle's launch on Dec. 9 because of a fuel gauge problem.
It is believed to mark the first time an American astronaut in space has been confronted by the death of a close family member, said NASA spokeswoman Eileen Hawley.
After Tuesday's test of Atlantis' external fuel tank, NASA's Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale said he was pleased with the data captured from the special equipment wired into the tank's sensor system.
Speaking from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Hale said with the information gleaned from the test "sets us on the right path to correct this problem so we can return this important safety system to operational capability so we can fly again."
According to Hale the test confirmed the sensors themselves are not the problem, and the preliminary information actually points to a section of wiring known as a "feed-through" connector.
Expedition 16 astronauts Dan Tani and Peggy Whitson wrapped up a 6-hour, 56-minute spacewalk focused on International Space Station solar array issues at 11:46 a.m. EST Tuesday.
The spacewalkers looked for the cause of partial loss of electrical power to one of the station's two Beta Gimbal Assemblies (BGAs) for starboard solar wings. They also examined damage to the starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ).
The SARJ enables the arrays to rotate in a paddlewheel-like fashion to follow the sun as the station orbits the Earth. The BGA lets the solar wings tilt along their long axis to point more directly to the sun.