ISS News: March 2009 Archives

Colbert: He Demands the Name, Newsday

"Or some part of a node. That's the name that the vox populi (Read: viewers of "The Colbert Report") has chosen as its name for some room on the 'station and as you know from various reports last week, NASA is balking."

Stephen Colbert challenges NASA: "Name that node after me", TV Guy

"Colbert isn't in the mood for cooperation. He scoffs at the idea that the node might be called Serenity, and he threatens terrible retaliation. Oh, it's horrible."

Sorry, NASA: Colbert Conquers Final Frontier, E!Online

"However, while the cable-subscribing people may have spoken, NASA does have the final say over the space place. While the government agency said it will take the people's choice into serious consideration, it wisely reserved the right to the ultimate decision in the naming process."

Report: cosmonaut grumbles about space bureaucracy, AP

"Squabbles on Earth over how cosmonauts and astronauts divide up the space station's food, water, toilets and other facilities are hurting the crew's morale and complicating work in space, a veteran Russian cosmonaut said, according to an interview published Monday. Gennady Padalka told the Novaya Gazeta newspaper as saying space officials from Russia, the United States and other countries require cosmonauts and astronauts to eat their own food and follow stringent rules on access to other facilities, like toilets. "What is going on has an adverse effect on our work," Padalka, 50, was quoted as saying in an interview conducted before he and his crew mates blasted off to the station last Thursday. They arrived safely at the outpost Saturday."

"Backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation.

Earlier the STS-119 and Expedition 18 crews concluded 9 days, 20 hours and 10 minutes of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 2:53 p.m. (CDT) on March 25, 2009."

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New Astronaut Crew Launches to International Space Station

"The 19th crew to live and work aboard the International Space Station launched into orbit Thursday morning from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, and spaceflight participant and U.S. software engineer Charles Simonyi lifted off at 6:49 a.m. CDT."

Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Client Charles Simonyi Successfully Launches to the International Space Station

"Dr. Simonyi will make history during his spaceflight by becoming the first private explorer to complete a second mission to space. He previously flew to the ISS in spring 2007 as Space Adventures' fifth orbital client. On his return mission, Dr. Simonyi aims to continue to make contributions toward space research, and advance civilian space travel while inspiring kids in their studies of science and math."

Remarks by The President With The Crew of the Space Shuttle and Space Station (Transcript) 24 March 2009

"THE PRESIDENT: Well, obviously we're really proud about the extraordinary work that our American astronauts are doing. You are representative of the dedication and sense of adventure and discovery that we're so proud of. But one of the things that's wonderful about this is that it is an international space station. And I know that we have our Japanese and Russian counterparts on board, as well. We'd love to say hello to them -- and hope that this is an example of the kind of spirit of cooperation that we can apply not just in space but here on the ground, as well."

NASA Appropriator Says: Stephen Colbert Is Out of This World

"Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) says 'democracy in orbit' should govern NASA's new space nodule. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) says every vote counts, even if it's for an election that is out of this world. "NASA decided to hold an election to name its new room at the international space station and the clear winner is Stephen Colbert," said Fattah. "The people have spoken, and Stephen Colbert won it fair and square - even if his campaign was a bit over the top."

Editor's note: Um, Congressman, the portion of the ISS being named is a "Node" not a "Nodule". According to WIkipedia a "nodule" can be: "a small knobbly rock or mineral cluster, such as a manganese nodule; a small aggregation of cells; a lesion similar to a papule; or Root nodule, an outgrowth formed on the roots of legumes that house symbiotic bacteria that fix atmospheric nitrogen and provide it to the plant in exchange for carbon."

Editor's note: President Obama called the shuttle and ISS crews this morning at 9:49 a.m. EDT. The President was joined by Acting NASA Administrator Scolese, members of Congress, and children from local schools.

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A Node Named Colbert?

Oops: Colbert wins NASA space station name contest, AP

"NASA's mistake was allowing write-ins. Colbert urged viewers of his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report" to write in his name. And they complied, with 230,539 votes. That clobbered Serenity, one of the NASA choices, by more than 40,000 votes. Nearly 1.2 million votes were cast by the time the contest ended Friday. NASA reserves the right to choose an appropriate name. Agency spokesman John Yembrick said NASA will decide in April, but will give top vote-getters "the most consideration."

Editor's note: There is a link on the cover page of the STS-119 FD 08 Execute Package that says "NCAA Basketball Championship Brackets, Second Round (pdf - Electronic Only)" The FD09 Execute Package refers to "NCAA Basketball Championship Brackets, Weekend Wrap-up (pdf - Electronic Only)" - both links are inside the JSC firewall.

Hmmm ... why can't NASA publish this? Moreover, why are they NOT sending NASA Mission Madness brackets up to the crew? Inquiring minds want to know.

NASA STS-119 Execute Package FD07

"Good Morning Discovery! ISS now looks like the artist renderings that we've been seeing for years. A day to celebrate!"

Space station now at full length, full power, Collectspace

"Spanning the length of a football field (including the end zones) and weighing approximately the same as a loaded space shuttle orbiter, the International Space Station's (ISS) integrated truss, or backbone, was completed in orbit this week after nine years of assembly."

NASA STS-119 Report #11 Friday, March 20, 2009 - 8 p.m.

"Four pair of arrays were attached to the station in December 2000, September 2006, June 2007 and March 2009 bringing the total surface area to 38,400 square feet, or .9 acre. (1 acre = 43,500 sq ft)"

Second Part of Space Station Solar Array Deployment Completed

"The deployment of the S6 3B solar array wings resumed 1:11 p.m. EDT and finished at 1:17 p.m. There were no difficulties encountered, the "ripple" area flattened out naturally and the crew and Mission Control report the array extended to its full length of 115 feet."

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 March 2009

"Today, S6 Solar Array Wings 1B & 3B were deployed nominally (1B at ~11:55am, 3B at ~1:20pm). Each SAW consists of two photovoltaic blankets, each made up of 31.5 individual segments (bays). The two wings together add 21-30 kilowatts of usable power to the station, one quarter of the stations full power supply."

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ISS Docking completed

Hatches Opened Between Space Station and Shuttle Discovery at 7:09 p.m. EDT

"At about 7:30 p.m., Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Wakata will become a member of the station's Expedition 18 crew and Sandra Magnus will become a member of Discovery's crew. Magnus will have been a space station crew member for 121 days."

Editor's note: According to NASA PAO: "At 5:19:53: p.m. EDT, Space shuttle Discovery docked to the Pressurized Mating Adaptor on the front of the International Space Station's Harmony module. Docking occurred over Lake Wells, western Australia. Hatches between Discovery and the station will be opened at about 7 p.m., followed by the traditional welcoming ceremony."

More Space Junk

Space station may have to duck orbiting debris, AP

"Another piece of space junk is drifting toward the international space station just as the space shuttle is headed that way. NASA will decide later Monday whether to fire the space station's engines to nudge it out of the path of an orbiting piece of a Russian satellite. The satellite debris is projected to come within about half a mile of the space station early Tuesday. Space station astronauts had to move into an emergency capsule last week for about 10 minutes because another piece of space junk came too close for comfort."

Editor's update: According to @NASA "The International Space Station will not need to maneuver tonight to avoid satellite debris. ISS Cmdr. Mike Fincke was just informed."

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 March 2009

"At 12:39pm EDT, the ISS had a conjunction with a small piece of orbital debris (Object #25090, PAM-D debris) which passed by the station inside the Red Threshold. Due to late notification, which was well beyond the timeline for maneuvering, a DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) could not be performed. As a precaution, the three crewmembers withdrew to the Soyuz 17S capsule at 12:35pm, leaving the spacecraft's hatch open (in case the Soyuz itself was struck). The crew returned to the ISS at ~12:45pm. [The late notification was due to the high uncertainty of the object's location on its low-perigee (154 km), high eccentricity orbit, which resulted in an error in solar radiation pressure prediction. Subsequent correction of this value brought the object into the Red box.]"

Space station's close call with junk: More to come, AP

"Russia's state-run Vesti-24 television reported on a lighter moment in the space station evacuation. Apparently the crew members left an instruction manual on board and Fincke had to be told by Mission Control how to go about getting back onto the station once the threat had passed."

Editor's note: Hey Spanky - we have some of the manuals online here ;-)

Miller's Select Crabmeat -- It's Out of This World

"Miller's Select Crab will soon be heading for the International Space Station. Each astronaut is allowed a "bonus food allotment" to bring some of the comforts of home to outer space. For one of the astronauts, the choice includes several cans of Miller's Select Jumbo Lump Crab Meat."

When It Comes to Living in Space, It's a Matter of Taste, Scientific American

"Astronaut Scott Parazynski--a physician and veteran of five shuttle missions who has studied human fluid shifts during spaceflight, subscribes to the nasal congestion theory. "It's the same as having a cold or allergies," he says, "a stuffy nose definitely dampens your sense of smell and consequently your sense of taste." As for his own experience, Parazynski, who admits he is not a fan of shrimp cocktail on Earth, says he couldn't get enough of it on orbit. He's not alone--this is a favorite among astronauts, particularly because of the spicy, horseradish-based sauce that coats the shrimp."

Can NASA take a joke? Try space station Colbert, AP

"Earth to Space Station Colbert: The cosmic joke may be on NASA. Comedian Stephen Colbert, who couldn't get his mock presidential campaign off the ground, is polling better by aiming higher. He's convinced his many fans to write in his name in NASA's online public vote to name a new room to be added to the international space station. So instead of NASA's suggested choices -- Serenity, Legacy, Earthrise or Venture -- the space station's new addition may wind up with the name "Colbert."

Editor's update: Well, Bill "NASA Man" Gerstenmaier managed to survive his encounter with Colbert, but he shied away from giving a direct answer when it comes to how NASA will actually decide upon a name for Node 3. While I do think that such activities are a great way to involve people in what NASA does, I have to wonder why NASA is running a contest where you ask people to suggest names if their votes may or may not mean anything - and the process for selection of a final name is not explained.

Name the Node Contest

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Editor's note: From - name Node 3 after Stephen Colbert.



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