Archive for July, 2006

By July 11, 2006 Read More →

Chimp plays PacMan

This is one of the funniest things, a chimp playing PacMan. As a big fan of PacMan I think it’s time to challenge him to a competition. I think we should ban the coaching though!

Matt

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By July 10, 2006 Read More →

Second Space Walk Completed

[color=#6200AA]Discovery astronauts Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum have completed their second space walk of mission STS-121. They are currently just returning on board through the airlocks.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]There is one more scheduled space walk to take place before Discovery undocks from ISS for its return to Earth next week.[/color]

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By July 10, 2006 Read More →

Discovery’s heat shield ‘OK’

The Discovery space shuttle has been cleared for re-entry to Earth next week after Nasa officials gave its heat shield a clean bill of health.
Analysts at mission control in Houston had spent days looking at images for possible damage caused by Tuesday’s lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

They later said that there were a few areas that they had to examine in more detail including a 5cm piece of ‘fabric’ sticking out between two tiles but have later concluded that this is no problem.

The shuttle is scheduled to return to the Kennedy Space Center on 17 July after one last check that it has not been hit by small meteorites.

Matt

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By July 9, 2006 Read More →

New Discovery launch videos

Nasa have just released a series of videos showing the launch of the Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-121. The videos show the launch from a number of never before seen angles.

There is some excellent footage take from the SRB camera and from the External Tank camera.

Nasa have been inspecting these videos virtually frame by frame to establish whether or not there is any heat shield damage.

Matt

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By July 9, 2006 Read More →

First space walk complete

Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum successfully completed STS-121’s first spacewalk.

Their space walk involved testing the new shuttle robotic arm boom extension to be used as a platform for astronauts should it be necessary to conduct heat shield repairs. Sellers worked on the end of the 50-foot extension before being joined by Fossum to simulate various working conditions.

I watched them working on Nasa TV for a while earlier today. I have to say it looked quite scary. Every time either astronaut moved, no matter how little, the whole arm swayed and rocked, all the while the earth spun by below.

There will be another two space walks during STS-121.

Matt

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By July 8, 2006 Read More →

Space walk

Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Mike Fossum conduct the first spacewalk of the STS-121 mission.

Sellers and Fossum installed a device to block the cutter blade on the International Space Station’s mobile transporter. The device will prevent the blade from cutting a power and data cable that links the mobile transporter to the rest of the station. After the installation was complete, they reattached the cable. Their work will allow the mobile transporter to move the robotic arm along the station’s integrated truss structure, once a reel assembly that plays out the cable is replaced during a second spacewalk Monday.

Matt

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By July 8, 2006 Read More →

Another day in space

The Mission Management Team announced that Space Shuttle Discovery and the STS-121 crew will get another day in orbit.

From the outset the Mission Management Team had been hoping to add the extra space day but it depended on how much fuel, air and power they used up.

Matt

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By July 6, 2006 Read More →

Discovery has docked with ISS

[color=#6200AA]Discovery has safely docked with the International Space Station exactly on schedule.[/color]


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By July 6, 2006 Read More →

Docking early!

Discovery will be docking early, possibly within the next 15 minutes.


Image of Discovery approach from ISS.

Matt

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By July 6, 2006 Read More →

Final approach

Discovery fired her engines just after 13:00GMT biginning final appraoch with the International Space Station (ISS). Discovery is scheduled to dock with the station at 14:52GMT.

More info. as we get it!

Matt

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