ISS News: November 2007 Archives

I'M Sorry But ...

I Want my DirecTV

DIRECTV Offers to Install HD in the New International Space Station Module; Ready to Bring HD to the Final Frontier

"Congratulating NASA on the completion of a successful shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and the recent unveiling of a new living space aboard the orbital laboratory, DIRECTV is offering the ISS a complete HD makeover - including its industry-leading line-up of national HD channels, the most advanced HD DVR on the market, a 42" flat screen HDTV and a sturdy velcro-wrapped remote control. "Sure, there's the awe-inspiring view of planet earth from more than 200 miles up, but what do you do for an encore after you've entered your 180th day in space?" said Jon Gieselman, senior vice president, marketing for DIRECTV, Inc."

Editor's note: Looks like Dan was busy tinkering with a TV dish during one of those long EVAs while Scott was busy elsewhere ... click on image to enlarge.

Griffin on Shuttle and ISS

Testimony by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin: The Space Program after The Shuttle is retired

"Retirement of the Space Shuttle is on schedule for 2010 and critical to future Exploration plans. As we approach this date, we are hopeful that we can complete the ten remaining Space Station assembly flights, the servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, and the two contingency Shuttle missions to the ISS within this timeframe. If it becomes clear that we will not complete the flight manifest by 2010, NASA will evaluate options and make adjustments consistent with not flying any flights beyond 2010. Continuing to fly the Shuttle beyond 2010 does not enhance U.S. human spaceflight capability, but rather delays the time until a new capability exists and increases the total life cycle cost to bring the new capability on line."

EMU Update

Spacesuit smoke alarm threatens NASA plans, MSNBC

"NASA's already-tight schedule for assembly of the international space station is under new threat, this time because a trainee smelled smoke inside his spacesuit during a pressure-chamber test here on Earth. Until the event can be explained, plans for two critical spacewalks at the space station are on hold. And without those spacewalks, NASA would have to delay next month's shuttle mission to deliver Europe's long-awaited Columbus space lab. Such a delay could ripple down next year's tight launch schedule and complicate NASA's plans to finish construction of the space station by the end of 2010."

ISS EMUs "Grounded"

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 November 2007

"EMU Spacesuit Troubleshooting: During a SSATA (Space Station Airlock Test Article) chamber run on the ground this past Friday, a crew member reported the smell of smoke inside the EMU (Extravehicular Mobility Unit). The run was terminated, and the crew member extracted without incident. A mishap investigation board was formed and has recommended that all life support system operations (power, O2 ops, etc.) for the on-orbit EMUs be terminated until a root cause can be determined. Thus, the on-orbit EMUs are No Go. All other ops, such as suit resizing, can be performed."

Ingenuity in Space, Editorial, NY Times

"It was an impressive feat of improvisation that kept plans for completing the station on schedule. Yet the patchwork repair was a reminder that space ventures can encounter problems that threaten a mission and that the stakes will rise as humans try to plant outposts on the Moon and on Mars."

Editor's note: ... and that's part of the value of having the ISS.

Stopping Fights In Space

Columbus launch puts space law to the test, European Science Foundation

"Whose law will apply when Europe's Columbus space laboratory joins the US-led International Space Station in December? And what happens if astronauts from different countries get into a fight? Those were two of the questions posed at a meeting in Vienna last month to examine the contributions made by the humanities to the exploration of space. Columbus is due to be launched into orbit aboard the US space shuttle Atlantis on December 6. It will become part of the International Space Station (ISS) and the most important module supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA)."

Stunning ISS Photos

Space Shuttle Discovery's Stunning Departure Photos of the International Space Station

"Backdropped by a colorful Earth, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation. Earlier the STS-120 and Expedition 16 crews concluded 11 days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 4:32 a.m. (CST) on Nov. 5, 2007."

Space Shuttle Discovery Leaves Newly Configured International Space Station

Discovery undocked from the International Space Station at 5:32 a.m. today. The shuttle and station crews ended joint operations when the hatches closed at 3:03 p.m. EST Sunday. STS-120s stay at the station began Oct. 25 and featured four spacewalks to continue the on-orbit construction of the station. Discovery also carried the Harmony Node 2 module and a new crew member, Daniel Tani, to the station.

NASA STS-120 Report #27 2:45 a.m. CST Monday, Nov. 5, 2007
NASA STS-120 Execute Package FD 13
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 4 November 2007

Additional ISS/Shuttle News

'Space Curry' for astronauts to be sold in Japan, Daily Mainichi

"The "Space Curry" that House Foods Corp. will start selling on Monday. A curry recognized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as a Japanese space food product is set to go on sale in Japan, it has been learned. House Foods Corp. will start selling "Space Curry," which is packaged in a retort pouch, on Monday."

Official Japanese space menu, Pink Tentacle

Buy it here (Japanese)

Press release (Japanese) [English]

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A reality check on dreams for space: the repairs, Christian Science Monitor

"The farther from Earth astronauts travel, the more acute maintenance challenges become, notes Larry Bell of the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture at the University of Houston. Planners try to build redundancy into critical systems and to provide the tools and materials for making some repairs. Indeed, one tool Parazynski used to handle the undulating solar array took shape from a sheet of Teflon and some insulating tape in the space station's workshop. But mission planners always face a trade-off between trying to plan for maintenance needs and keeping materials within the weight limits during launch. Especially when talking about trips to the moon or Mars, "it's a long way back to the hardware store," Dr. Bell says."

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 3 November 2007

"Day 149 for Clayton Anderson. Flight Day 12 for STS-120/10A; Day 10 of Joint Ops. "It's been a great day!" (MS1 Scott Parazynski).....and thank God for the Canadian MSS!"

Crews Complete Fourth Spacewalk Outside of International Space Station

"The crews completed the fourth spacewalk of the mission at 1:22 p.m. EDT. The main objective of the spacewalk was the repair of a torn solar array. After successfully repairing the array, the crews fully deployed it."

Additional ISS/Shuttle News

Challenging EVA Ahead

NASA: Spacewalk will have 'higher risk than usual', USA Today

"Astronaut Scott Parazynski, one of NASA's most experienced spacewalkers, will face grave risks and nerve-wracking challenges Saturday when he is scheduled to fix a damaged solar panel on the International Space Station. Among the dangers Parazynski could encounter: potential electrical shock, sharp objects that could puncture his spacesuit and a long journey back to the safety of the station."

NASA Scrambles to Plan Spacewalk, AP

"NASA worked furiously Thursday to plan a spacewalk to fix the ripped solar wing at the international space station, hoping to solve the problem before the shuttle Discovery undocks. The agency wanted spacewalking astronauts to tackle the job Friday but had to push back the outing to Saturday to give officials on the ground more time to fine-tune the repair plan."

ISS Tasks Ahead

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 31 October 2007

"The IMMT (ISS Mission Management Team) this morning deferred EVA-4 from tomorrow to Friday (11/2). Top priority on board & ground has been re-directed from inspecting the Stbd SARJ (Solar Alpha Rotary Joint) to fixing the ripped P6 4B Solar Array Wing (SAW) blanket as best as can be done, as long as the Discovery crews are on ISS. EVA-5 (Whitson/Malenchenko) may become a Stage EVA. Four special teams (Damage/root cause, EVA Assessment, Solar array constraints, Stage ops assessment) have been designated to study the situation and develop a new EVA-4 timeline for alleviating the current structurally unsound SAW condition. Stbd SARJ meanwhile remains in Directed (fixed) Position, out of Autotrack."


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