Archive - Nov 2008 - Story
HOUSTON -- The residents of the International Space Station will receive a new shipment of fuel, food, supplies and holiday gifts on Sunday, Nov. 30. Docking of the cargo delivery spacecraft, known as ISS Progress 31, is set for 6:23 a.m. CST. NASA Television will begin coverage of the event at 5:45 a.m.
The unpiloted Russian resupply craft is carrying more than two tons of supplies for the station's crew, Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineers Yury Lonchakov and Sandy Magnus. The ISS Progress 31 launched at 6:38 a.m. Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Hello ISS Fans,
I have just received a message from Valentin (TSNIIMASH, Russia) about a scheduled SSTV activity from ISS during next days.
So who is interested on SSTV reception there is a good opportunity.
73 Claudio IK1SLD
I thank you for support of the project of space experiment "Shadow" at the International space station. Now proceeding of this project is temporarily braked because of the insufficient electric power allocated for the scientific equipment on Russian segment of ISS. However we are going further to continue its "cold" phase (legend "Shadow-beacon") as its results should represent independent interest more even for amateur radio, than for plasmadynamics. I shall inform on terms and conditions of carrying out of new sessions of the experiment beforehand.
Twenty-five years ago this week, Owen Garriott, W5LFL, made history by being the first amateur radio operator to talk to hams from space. Owen's historic flight on the STS-9 Space Shuttle Columbia mission was launched on November 28 and landed on December 8, 1983. Owen's ham radio adventure on STS-9 ushered in a host of outstanding outreach activities that continue today with the ARISS program.
Many will recall that first set of contacts and downlinks with Owen. Those first contacts allowed each of us to share the excitement of space exploration through Owen's first-hand eyewitness accounts. Owen's ham radio legacy enabled space travelers that have flown on the Space Shuttle, the Space Station Mir and now the International Space Station to share their journey of exploration. And Owen's son Richard, W5KWQ just a month ago carried the torch further to become the first 2nd generation amateur rdaio operator to talk to hams from space. What other hobby, except amateur radio, could or would open the communications lines of space travelers beyond that of the space agencies or international heads of state??
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven departed the International Space Station on Friday, ending a 12-day visit that left the orbiting complex with more modern and deluxe living quarters for bigger crews.
Endeavour pulled away as the two spacecraft soared 220 miles above the Pacific, just east of Taiwan.
It was a poignant moment for all involved. Space station skipper Mike Fincke was missing his shuttle friends, even before Endeavour undocked.
"Thanks for the incredible makeover and leaving the station in fantastic shape," Fincke radioed. "And thanks to your heroic efforts, we are one step closer to a six-person crew."
An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at St Anthony's College, Shillong, India on 01 December. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 0819 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge contact between stations NA1SS and WH6PN. The contact should be audible over Hawaii. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
Founded in 1934 by Fathers of the Don Bosco Society, St.Anthony's College is one of the oldest colleges in the North East India. The college is situated in Shillong which is a picturesque hill station in India and which is considered as the â€˜Scotland of the East'. Since its humble beginning 74 years ago, the college has since grown manifold in size and ranking. Today, the college has 28 departments with 120 teaching staff, 60 support staff and over 2100 students, and is considered as a premier institute of education in whole country of India. Students from the various states of the country as well as some foreign countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Zambia etc study here. The College has been awarded with the highest degree of Five Stars for excellence by the National team, and is well recognized by the UGC (University Grant Commission). In everything that we do, our aim is the education of the total person, in keeping with our motto: EVER MORE BETTER EVER, the translation of the Latin Excelsior
NASA and its international partners have assigned the International Space Station's crew members through 2010. The numbering sequence of expeditions was modified to reflect the start of six-person crews.
The update to the expedition numbering begins with the docking of a Soyuz spacecraft in May 2009. That Soyuz will mark the beginning of six-person crew operations. From that point forward, expeditions will end with the undocking of a Soyuz. The expedition number will change every two to four months as new crew members arrive and depart.
The arrangement emphasizes that every six-person crew living on the station is a cohesive team. A crew member typically will stay about six months and be part of two expeditions. In addition to the Russian Soyuz, the space shuttle will continue to provide transportation for station crew members through mission STS-129, targeted for the fall of 2009.
Look too closely at the STS-126 mission patch and you might miss it. The crew emblem, which depicts space shuttle Endeavour on its way back from the International Space Station (ISS) - a scene that will be played out for real on Sunday should the current schedule and weather hold - also symbolizes the flight's primary payload.
After days of glitches and tweaks, a new recycling system designed to turn astronaut urine back into drinking water is apparently working well aboard the International Station.
The space station's urine processor, part of a larger wastewater recycling system, worked non-stop for a full four-hour test and longer late Monday to the delight of astronauts and NASA engineers. The system is crucial if the space station is to jump to double-sized, six-person crews next year.
An upgraded Russian cargo ship launched toward the International Space Station early Wednesday, hauling fresh supplies for astronauts aboard the orbiting lab, though an antenna failed to deploy shortly after reaching orbit making it likely the spacecraft will have to be guided in manually by the orbiting lab's crew, NASA officials said.
The unmanned space freighter Progress 31 lifted off atop a Russian-built Soyuz rocket at about 7:38 a.m. EST (1238 GMT) from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft will dock at the space station on Sunday a few hours before the planned landing of NASA's space shuttle Endeavour, which is currently docked at the station and due to depart Friday.
Crew members aboard Endeavour and the International Space Station got good news on two fronts when they were awakened for a day to be devoted largely to transfer of materials from the station to be returned to Earth.
The starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint, which rotates in a paddle-wheel fashion the 240-foot solar wings on the station's right side, was automatically tracking the sun for the first time in more than a year during a three-hour, two-orbit test begun at 4:55 a.m. CST. The joint appeared to function well after repairs during the four spacewalks by Endeavour astronauts, but it will be some time before results of this and subsequent tests are known.