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01101001
2007-Oct-10, 04:01 PM
NASA International Space Station :: Latest News (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html)


Expedition 16 in Orbit, Heads to Station

Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are in orbit and on their way to the International Space Station. Their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday at 9:22 a.m. EDT [0622 PDT; 1322 UTC] and entered orbit less than 10 minutes later. They will dock to the Earth-facing port of the stationís Zarya module on Friday about 10:52 a.m. [0752 PDT; 1452 UTC]

AP: Russian Rocket Heads to Space Station (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jJitDZhZSzTx3L37XQOplAlh8fGQD8S6D9OG1)


Whitson, of Beaconsfield, Iowa, is to be the first woman to command the international space station. Sheikh Muszaphar, a 35-year-old orthopedic surgeon, is to spend about 10 days on the station as the first Malaysian in space, performing experiments involving diseases and the effects of microgravity and space radiation on cells and genes.

BBC: Space station ma'am gets a whip (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7036805.stm)


US astronaut Peggy Whitson has been given an unusual gift a day before she is due to blast off to take charge of the International Space Station. She was presented with a "kamcha" - a traditional Kazakh riding whip.
A Russian official at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Sergei Semchenko, said the gift was to help her keep her male crew in line.

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-11, 01:25 AM
Even if nobody else in my school cares about ISS, it's nice to know that it's up there, doing it's job...

novaderrik
2007-Oct-12, 02:36 AM
i wonder if the whip got taken out yet, or if that's for when they are up on the station and the cameras are off..

01101001
2007-Oct-12, 04:03 PM
NASA, International Space Station :: Latest News (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html):


Expedition 16 Arrives at Station
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor have arrived at the International Space Station. Their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft docked to the Earth-facing port of the stationís Zarya module at 10:50 a.m. EDT Friday.

KaiYeves
2007-Oct-13, 01:10 AM
i wonder if the whip got taken out yet, or if that's for when they are up on the station and the cameras are off...
I'm not even going to dignify that with a response.

Maksutov
2007-Oct-13, 11:10 AM
I'm sure by the time she gets back, she'll be known as "Peggy Whipson".

I hope she conducts some telecasts to teach the young whippersnappers out there what space exploration is all about.

Too bad the station isn't a gravity-simulating wheel. It would be a great stage for a demonstration of spaced-based "crack the whip"!

But then, the ISS is, after all, a WIP.

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novaderrik
2007-Oct-13, 05:58 PM
I'm not even going to dignify that with a response.
you already did..

01101001
2007-Oct-23, 05:53 AM
And... the crew they replaced got an interesting ride down.

AP: Soyuz Craft Lands Short of Destination (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jJitDZhZSzTx3L37XQOplAlh8fGQD8SDJQIG0)


A Soyuz craft veered off its designated landing course Sunday, coming down more than 200 miles short of its original destination on the steppes of Kazakhstan. It arrived safely, bringing two Russian cosmonauts and Malaysia's first space traveler back to Earth, officials said.
[...]
Russian search and rescue teams quickly located the craft, NASA reported on its Web site. It said all the three crew members were feeling fine.

The spacecraft's descent was unusually steep apparently due to the computer glitch, and the crew was subjected to a higher than normal gravity load, Lyndin said.

01101001
2007-Nov-09, 05:18 PM
NASA: International Space Station news: Expedition 16ís First Spacewalk Complete (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html)


Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko completed their incrementís first spacewalk Friday at 10:49 a.m. EST.
[...]
The two spent early Friday morning disconnecting and stowing cables, removing a light on one of the stationís transport carts and taking a cover off the Harmony nodeís Common Berthing Mechanism, or CBM. On Monday, the Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 (PMA-2) will be moved from the Destiny lab and attached to Harmonyís CBM.

01101001
2007-Dec-18, 08:19 PM
Whitson, Tani Complete the 100th Station Spacewalk (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html)


Space station Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Dan Tani completed the 100th spacewalk in support of station assembly and maintenance. The 6 hour and 56 minute spacewalk ended at 11:46 a.m. EST.

The spacewalkers inspected the starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) and the Beta Gimbal Assembly (BGA). They also removed a trundle bearing assembly, which moves along the race ring in the SARJ, and brought it inside the station for further examination.

Using observations from Whitson and Tani, specialists on the ground will evaluate the problems affecting the SARJ and BGA and determine how to return them to operational mode. Both hardware elements move the solar arrays to track the sun but are temporarily locked in place while they still draw power.