ISS News: November 2009 Archives

Russian Cosmonaut's Blog Much Funnier Than NASA, Wired

"It's not just NASA that's hip to the social media game anymore. Now, the Russian space agency Roscosmos has one of its own blogging from the International Space Station."

Orbital log Maksim Suraev's blog, Russia Today

"In the photo I'm holding the latest gadget developed by our military. The device works in two modes. One allows eavesdropping on our colleagues in the American segment. You can get into the FCB (Functional Cargo Block - ed.) and record all their conversations. Also, the device can be used for martial arts training - to be prepared for an alien attack on the Russian segment of the ISS."

STS-129 Launched

NASA: "Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of six astronauts are headed for space, ready to begin their 11-day mission to the International Space Station. The climb to orbit takes about 8 1/2 minutes. Following a smooth countdown, with no technical issues and weather that steadily improved throughout the afternoon, the shuttle lifted off from Launch Pad 39A on-time from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 2:28 p.m. EST."

@JMorrison2103: "They should have sent a poet...." #nasatweetup

@davecgibson: #nasatweetup It would be impossible to witness that and not walk away feeling optimistic about the future. just...wow.

@cabridges: Saw more than a few teary eyes after the launch before it got too blurry to see. #nasatweetup

- Follow all the Twittering at #nasatweetup
- NASA Launch Blog
- Watch live NASA TV here.

A Bad Example of "One NASA"

New Accessories for a Retiring Shuttle Fleet, earlier post

"NASA In a partnership that exemplifies One NASA, engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. teamed up with engineers at NASA's Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers to design, build, and test five new ExPRESS Logistics Carriers, or ELCs, which will be delivered to the International Space Station. "ExPRESS" stands for Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station."

Keith's note: Ah, but in true One NASA spirit, MSFC is not mentioned - that is because they were left out. Instead of using easily modified, existing hardware at MSFC which could have worked on the ISS truss, NASA decided to spend a lot of money on new hardware at GSFC, much of which will be used on the shuttle only once.

Accessories for a Retiring Shuttle Fleet, earlier post
New Accessories for a Retiring Shuttle Fleet, earlier post

Keith's note: I just got a media advisory from Griffin Marketing (the folks behind the Coalition for Space Exploration) offering an interview opportunity with "Thomas Pickens, III, Chairman of the Board, and John Porter, CEO, Astrogenetix, regarding payload on board STS-129". The advisory states: "Astrogenetix is the first commercial space company to use microgravity to develop new medicines and vaccines."

I had to read the advisory several times to make certain that I had read it properly. I guess those involved in the generation of this advisory are unaware of McDonnell Douglas and Johnson & Johnson work on space biotech with an eye toward therapeutics back in the 1980's (Charlie Walker flew on 3 shuttle missions - see image), work that Genetech did on shuttle missions, and work that Larry DeLucas and his commerical partners did with regard to protein crystallography, on-orbit research that Amgen and Bioserve did - all with a clear, firm interest in developing therapeutics. And this is just a partial listing. I'd add links, but anyone can find them if they spend a few minutes on Google.


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