ISS News: June 2008 Archives

Editor's note: According to NASA sources, Spacehab notified NASA on 29 May 2008 that it was requesting that its COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services) Space Act Agreement (SAA) be terminated within 30 days. The reason given by Spacehab is an inability, on Spacehab's part, to meet SAA-specified milestones with the use of internal funds. NASA will terminate the SAA on 28 June 2008. Spacehab has confirmed this information but says that no formal press release is expected at this time.

SPACEHAB Statement on COTS Loss Mitigation Strategies, earlier posting
Spacehab Realigns Corporation - Company Positioned to Capture NASA COTS Business, earlier posting
NASA Signs Commercial Space Transportation Agreements, earlier posting

Metaphysically Speaking, Free Space, Discovery

"On Monday, NASA chief Michael Griffin told a Senate oversight committee itd run a few hundred million dollars for the extra flight, with one huge caveat: That figure presumes there is no extension of any shuttle equipment contracts. Griffin wouldnt come straight out and say it, but what he means is that if the AMS flight is added on, there wont be a shuttle available to mount a rescue mission. Since Columbia, NASA routinely adds the contingency mission to every flight."

House adds extra shuttle flight in NASA budget

"The House on Wednesday approved a $20 billion NASA spending bill that calls for an extra Space Shuttle flight before the spacecraft program is shut down. ... The purpose of the additional flight would be to deliver to the International Space Station the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer for experiments in seeking out unusual matter in space."

Space Shuttle Discovery Returns to Earth

"Space Shuttle Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center this morning at 11:15 a.m. on runway 15 at the shuttle landing facility. Commander Mark Kelly performed the deorbit burn at 10:10 a.m. EDT to begin space shuttle Discovery's descent to Kennedy Space Center for landing."

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Space Shuttle Discovery Undocks from International Space Station

"Discovery undocked from the International Space Station today at 7:42 a.m. EDT, ending its almost nine-day stay at the orbital outpost. On Tuesday, The STS-124 and Expedition 17 crews bid one another farewell, and closed the hatches between the two spacecraft at 4:42 p.m. STS-124 arrived at the station June 2, delivering the Japanese Pressurized Module, the second pressurized component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agencys Kibo laboratory, to the station."

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NASA's Space shuttle Discovery Arrives at the International Space Station

"Space shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station at 2:03 p.m. EDT, delivering the STS-124 crew, a new Japanese module and a new crew member to the orbital outpost. Discovery carries with it the second component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory, the Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM). The JPM will join the first component of Kibo, the Japanese Logistics Module, which was launched on the last shuttle flight, STS-123, in March."
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