Videos: March 2007 Archives

Second Young Engineers' Satellite (YES2) Test Programme begins

"The YES2 project involves more than 400 students from across Europe and around the world. The satellite is scheduled to be launched by a Soyuz rocket in September 2007, piggybacking on ESA's Foton-M3 microgravity mission. One of the most important aspects of this innovative mission is the deployment of a 30 km long tether to deploy the Fotino mini-satellite and re-entry capsule. . Not only will this be the longest artificial structure ever deployed in space, but it will also be the first time that a tether has been used to return a payload from space. The flight is intended to demonstrate how such a tether can be used to change a satellite's orbit without attitude control systems or rocket engines."

YES2 Homepage Editor's note: (Be certain to click on the 1 2 3 4 5 at the bottom of the page - there's a lot more to this website)

Editor's note: Today's YouTube Videos: YES2 MDU integration - Day 1 - First day of the integration of the Mass Dummy Unit of the ESA second Young Engineers' Satellite.

Mystery Snacks on ISS

Editor's update: I came across this image from the ISS crew tonight. The caption says "Astronaut Sunita L. Williams, Expedition 14 flight engineer, takes a snack break near the galley in the Zvezda Service Module of the International Space Station."

So ... are those three trained banana slugs sitting side by side on that chocolate covered graham cracker (or frosted brownie) - or is it just very precisely applied peanut butter? Or (yuck): cheese from an aerosol can? Or is it some Russian glop from a tube? Help me PAO ... I have to know.

Gee, I wonder what Martha Stewart thinks of this - the presentation is a little off. Throw that pastry chef out of the airlock!

Editor's update: NASA PAO checked with the ISS crew: the substance on top is peanut butter - and the item underneath is a brownie.

World's Fifth Space Tourist to Take Gourmet Meal to Space

"The menu for the meal, which was prepared by Alain Ducasse's consulting and training center, ADF, was selected by Dr. Simonyi's friend Martha Stewart."

And now for today's YouTube Video: NASA Edge - Space Food Cook Off (Link below)

"Needs more jelly beans"

Editor's note: If you listen closely to the first part of this Microsoft Vista ad which aired in the U.S. and elsewhere in February 2007, you'll hear a faux 60's era astronaut reporting from "Freedom 7" as a Mercury Atlas rocket is shown on the TV. One small problem: Freedom 7 (carrying Alan Shepard) was launched on a Redstone rocket. Close enough for Microsoft, I suppose.


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