ISS News: April 2009 Archives

NASA to Announce New Space Station Module Name April 14

"NASA's newest module for the International Space Station will get a new name on April 14. The agency plans to make the announcement with the help of Expedition 14 and 15 astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." The program will air at 11:30 p.m. EDT. The name, which will not be publicly released until the program airs, was selected from thousands of unique suggestions submitted on NASA's Internet site, The "Help Name Node 3" poll asked people to vote for the module's name either by choosing one of four NASA options or by offering their own suggestion. The poll closed on March 20."

Editor's Update: I bet everyone can't wait to watch Colbert today.

Give Node 3 an inspirational name, Houston Chronicle

"You dont know me, and I dont know you, so I cannot ask for a favor, and I cannot argue that the votes from the public favor naming Node 3 the Colbert. However, I would like to ask only that you consider this from the perspective of legacy. While I appreciate the influence your position affords you, I cannot help but feel that if a name must be attached to Node 3, it deserves to be in the honor of those who have risked and sacrificed so much for the greater good of all. Seventeen people have lost their lives in accidents aboard U.S. spacecraft over the history of the U.S. space program, and none has his or her name attached to a spacecraft. Node 3 cannot be named after those 17, or the countless thousands who work day in and day out across the country in the many facets of the space program, but doesnt Node 3 deserve a name that at least encompasses the work, dedication and sacrifice that so many have made to make it and the rest of the International Space Station a reality?"

NASA International Space Station Advisory Committee Meeting, Federal Register

"Five seats will be reserved for members of the press. The purpose of the meeting is to assess NASA and Roscosmos plans to support a six-person crew aboard the International Space Station, including transportation, crew rotation, training, and micro meteoroid and orbital debris shielding."

Space Station Nears an Extension, Wall Street Journal

"The U.S. and major foreign partners on the International Space Station have agreed in principle to keep it operating through 2020, at least five years beyond the current deadline, according to government and industry officials. There had been looming questions about the future of the space station -- which took nearly two decades and more than $100 billion to design and build -- because until now, the major partners hadn't committed to keeping it going past 2015. An extension could give new momentum to the scientific research conducted there, which initially was delayed by false starts and problems finishing assembly of the station."

According to @NASA "NASA will announce the name of the newest space station module on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" April 14 at 11:30 p.m. EDT."

In Full Interview, John Holdren Eschews New Nukes, Hints at Space Flight Delays, Science Insider

"Speaking this morning with ScienceInsider, Holdren discussed why he thinks the United States doesn't need new nuclear weapons. He warned of likely delays beyond 2015 in replacing the space shuttle and the possibility that China would launch U.S. astronauts during the interim."

Obama looking at cooling air to fight warming, AP

"[Holdren] said the Bush administration's plan to return astronauts to the moon was underfunded so money was taken from science and aeronautics. Those areas, including climate change research, were "decimated," he said. The administration will "rebalance NASA's programs so that we have in space exploration, a suitable mix of manned activities and robotic activities," Holdren said. Doing that "will only get under way in earnest when a new administrator is in place." Holdren, who advises the president on such decisions, said he hopes Obama will pick a new NASA boss soon."

President Obama's science adviser talks about his new job, Nature

"Do we know when that is going to happen? I certainly hope we have a new [NASA] administrator in place in the next month that is a hope, and not a prediction."

Space Frontier Foundation Urges NASA to Respect Popular Vote on New Name for Space Station Waste Recycling Module

"The Space Frontier Foundation urged NASA to respect the results of a nationwide contest to name a new waste re-cycling module for the International Space Station (ISS). The Foundation proposed using either the first or second place winners of the contest: "The Colbert" (for the popular comedian) or "Serenity" (for the popular sci-fi television and film) as the official name for the module, whose purpose is to re-cycle human waste products and is the first of its kind to be flown in space."

Editor's note: Someone at SFF needs to do a little research before they put these things out. The module's "purpose" is NOT to recycle human waste - only one rack inside Node 3 does that. There are all other sorts of things there as well - life support, robotics, etc. The description of the node is obvious on the NASA page for the naming activity. Its like saying that your home exists to house a toilet because it has one.

Wow, What a Photo

Picture Perfect Soyuz Landing in Kazakhstan

"Two members of the 18th crew to live and work aboard the International Space Station and a spaceflight participant returned to Earth at 2:16 a.m. CDT Wednesday. NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, Russian cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov and spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi safely landed their Soyuz spacecraft in the steppes of southern Kazakhstan."

Editor's note: This is today's Image of the day at Bill Ingalls has out done himself this time.

"NASA, don't make Stephen launch an intern into space with a can of spray paint."

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