ISS News: December 2006 Archives

STS-116 Leaves New Truss Segment, Crew Member With Station

"The STS-116 crew's stay at the International Space Station came to an end Tuesday when Space Shuttle Discovery undocked at 5:10 p.m. EST. During its eight-day visit, the STS-116 crew added a new truss segment to the station, delivered a new crew member and rewired the orbital outposts power system."

Earlier ISS and Shuttle news

Editor's note: Just in case you missed this one from Sunday's edition of the Washington Post and this one from the Denver Post.

Editor's note: Shortly after the public announcement Monday morning that NASA Ames Research Center and Google had reached a far-ranging agreement on a series of joint projects, astronauts aboard the International Space Station began to experience a series of troublesome computer glitches.

Upon receipt of an urgent message to Mission Control from the ISS crew the MMT immediately scheduled an emergency session to assess the situation. Eventually, the situation was resolved. Astronauts now report a dramatic improvement in their ability to find things on the ISS.

Google's software is now in complete control of the ISS. NASA released an image of the new software in operation this evening.

Indeed, it was also revealed today that the Shuttle fleet is also adopting Google branding.

International deals to mold lunar base use, Huntsville Times

"Congress and other nations are likely to judge NASA on how well it manages the cost and development of the space station, said Keith Cowing who runs the online watchdog site NASAWatch.com. "When real planning for a lunar base kicks off, the space station will have truly come into its own," Cowing said. "The International Space Station will be a big issue that paces the development of a lunar outpost. It won't be like other NASA programs; I don't think Congress is just going to hand over a blank check when it comes to a lunar outpost."

NASA STS-116 FD-9 Execute Package

Reader note: Meanwhile the folks at Mission Control have engaged in a little Star Trek humor. Must be a slow news day

Scotty: I Need That CEV in 2010 Or We're All Going to Die!, earlier post

Astronauts Rewire Station, Fourth Spacewalk Approved

"The STS-116 crew completed the rewiring of the International Space Station's power system during the mission's third spacewalk. Astronauts Robert Curbeam and Sunita Williams also relocated debris shield panels, attached a grapple fixture and performed a test on the partially retracted solar array before concluding the excursion at 9:56 p.m. EST."

Additional shuttle and ISS news

Space tourist's computer skills could prove handy, USA Today

"The next tourist on the International Space Station could prove to be very useful. Charles Simonyi, one of the inventors of Microsoft's Word program, is preparing to travel to the station just as NASA stopped sending the orbiting laboratory Word documents out of fear of transmitting computer viruses. "We're not getting any (Word documents) on e-mail or in the daily summary," station commander Michael Lopez-Alegria grumbled Wednesday. He asked for an update on "where we are with this - I don't know if I can say it, but I will - virus situation."

Editor's note: In such a contingency, I'd rather send Steve Jobs (or Woz) and a half dozen MacBook Pro laptops. Then again, since they are Macs, you could simply send anyone to set them up ... no celebrity geeks required.

iPod on ISS

Editor's note: If you look carefully at the large version of this image you will see a 5th 4th generation iPod attached to a Belkin external battery pack on the equipment rack directly in front of Thomas Reiter.

No word yet as to who this iPod belongs to - or what kind of music is loaded on it.

Editor's update: Apple's HotNews features a link to our little news item. We also made it into Wired's Cult of Mac Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, and iPod Lounge.

Of course, iPods have a tendency to pop up in some very odd places ... [more]


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