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Station Astronauts Capture Stunning Views of U.S., Canada, Northern Lights

MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-027 Astronauts of U.S., , HOUSTON — Astronauts aboard the Station recently filmed what is among the most spectacular night imagery ever taken from of the United States. The video, comprised of hundreds of sequential still images, will air on NASA Television’s video file beginning today.

The imagery also is available on the internet at NASA’s Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth:

http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov
Taken between Jan. 29-Feb. 3, the images show a continent ablaze with light, from the electric glow of hundreds of cities to a spectacular aurora borealis flickering on the northern horizon. The video includes flights above Mexico showing the entire Gulf and continuing the length of the East . Other video capture scenes from Brownsville, , to the Great Lakes and above the St. Lawrence Seaway. Still another sequence begins in the western U.S. and continues across the Great Plains.

New imagery also shows the aurora during flights above Canada. The imagery was taken using a still camera aboard the station, orbiting 240 miles above Earth. For more about the International Space Station, visit:

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NASA to Deliver Commercial Research Equipment to Station

RELEASE : 12-052 NASA to to HOUSTON — NASA, Astrium Transportation and NanoRacks LLC are teaming up to expand the research capability of the Space Station through delivery of a small commercial centrifuge facility that will conduct molecular and cellular investigations on plant and animal tissue.

The centrifuge enhances NanoRacks’ existing suite of lab equipment aboard the space station, which includes microscopes and a plate reader used to detect biological, chemical or physical activity in samples.

Astrium Space Transportation handed over the research centrifuge to NanoRacks LL, during a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Houston. Astrium North America adapted the centrifuge — originally built by Kayser Italia for use on space shuttle — for use in the station’s NanoRacks Platform-3. The commercial research team funded the centrifuge.

NASA will deliver the centrifuge as part of its responsibility to provide transportation for U.S. National Laboratory research and facilities to the space station.

Under its partnership with Astrium, NanoRacks will add the centrifuge to the two racks of laboratory support equipment already on the station. The centrifuge is sized to fit the standard NanoRacks architecture, which can fly on any launch vehicle.

“This is an important step in the expansion of National Lab facilities aboard the space station,” said Marybeth Edeen, U.S. National Laboratory manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “Having companies develop research and facilities for the National Lab with their own funding demonstrates the beginnings of the commercial space marketplace that the National Lab was created to serve.”

The platform and centrifuge were produced in a short time at low cost. Both NanoRacks and Astrium expect announcements in the near future about more joint projects.

NASA has manifested the NanoRacks-3 platform and the Astrium centrifuge on a Russian Progress cargo ship scheduled for launch in summer 2012 under its cargo agreements with the Russian Federal Space Agency.

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New Jersey Education Consortium Hosts Live Chat with Space Station Astronauts

ADVISORY : M12-030 New Live Chat with Station WASHINGTON — and educators from Sussex County, N.J., will gather at Newton High School on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to further their studies by speaking live with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the Station. The Earth-to- communication will take place at 10 a.m. EST and be broadcast live on NASA Television.

The students participating in the event range from kindergarten through 12th grade. They represent the Newton, Andover Regional and Green Township school districts in Sussex County, all of which are part of the Tri-District Curriculum Consortium. U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is expected to join the group for this special event.

Reporters wanting to attend the event must contact Mary Decker at mdecker@newtonnj.org or 973-383-7392, ext. 230, by noon Tuesday, Feb. 21. Newton High School is located at 44 Reyerson Ave. in Newton.

The students participated in a variety of space-focused science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational initiatives in preparation for the space station downlink. They also designed a special patch to commemorate their interaction with the orbiting astronauts.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching from Space Program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
For information about NASA’s education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education
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NASA TV to Broadcast Space Station Spacewalk Feb. 16

ADVISORY : M12-024 NASA TV to Feb. 16 HOUSTON — Two cosmonauts will conduct a five-and-a-half-hour Thursday, Feb. 16, to continue outfitting the Space Station. NASA Television will broadcast the spacewalk beginning at 7:45 a.m. CST.

Expedition 30 Russian Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov will move one of the two Strela cranes from Pirs, the oldest Russian airlock and docking module, to the newer Poisk docking module. The 46-foot boom will be used for future assembly and maintenance work. The duo also will install five debris shields on the Zvezda service module and, if time permits, a small experiment on the forward section of the module, an experiment sample pack on Poisk and support struts on the Pirs ladder.

Both spacewalkers will wear Russian Orlan suits bearing blue stripes and equipped with NASA helmet cameras. They will emerge from the Pirs airlock at about 8:15 a.m.

This spacewalk will be the 162nd in support of space station assembly and maintenance. The last spacewalk occurred Aug. 3, 2011. For Kononenko, it will be his third spacewalk following two in July 2008 during Expedition 17. His two previous spacewalks lasted a total of 12 hours and 12 minutes. It will be Shkaplerov’s first spacewalk and the only one scheduled during Expedition 30.

Because of the location of the activities, Expedition 30 Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin will be isolated in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft, which is attached to the Poisk module, for the duration of the spacewalk. NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers will be free to move about the U.S. segment of the complex. Their Soyuz TMA-03M is attached to the Rassvet module.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the International Space Station and its crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
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Colbert Advocates NASA Space Station Research

Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1600
bob.jacobs@nasa.gov
Marny Skora                                                       
NASA Langley Center
757-864-6121/344-6111
marny.skora@nasa.gov
RELEASE : 12-031 NASA Research HAMPTON, Va. — Stephen Colbert, host of the nightly ‘The Colbert Report,’ said in a new NASA service announcement released today that he’s always been a huge fan of space.

The talk show host tells his Colbert Nation — and the world — that he now likes space even more “because NASA is doing great things on the Space Station (ISS).”

The completion of the ISS ushered in a new era of research and discovery in a near gravity-free environment. Research on the orbital laboratory is focused on four areas: human health and exploration; basic life and physical sciences; earth and space science; and technology development to enable future exploration.

Colbert specifically mentions the agency’s work aboard the space station to develop new vaccines to fight infectious and deadly diseases, such as salmonella and pneumonia. As resistance toward current antibiotics becomes more common, there is an increasing need for alternative treatments.

The Comedy Central comedian has had a continuing interest in the ISS. In 2009, when NASA asked the public to help name the station’s Node 3, Colbert urged his followers to submit the name “Colbert.” The name received the most entries and continue to exercise on the most famous treadmill in the world, the Combined Operational Load-Bearing External Resistance Treadmill or COLBERT, in the station’s Tranquility module.

To view the Colbert video, go to: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/technology/features/colbert_psa.html

To view other NASA public service announcement videos, visit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/PSA/index.html
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NASA to Host Media Telecon on Space Station Status

Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington                                        
202-358-1100
jbuck@nasa.gov
 
Kelly Humphries
Johnson Center, Houston
281-483-5111
kelly.o.humphries@nasa.gov
ADVISORY : M12-021 NASA to Host on Space HOUSTON — NASA will host a media telecon at 2 p.m. CST today to discuss the of the Space Station and the progress toward an updated launch schedule, including partner and space vehicles.

International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini will answer reporters’ questions.

To participate, news media representatives should call the Johnson Space Center Newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 1:30 p.m. CST.

For live audio streaming of the teleconference, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio
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East Coast Students to Speak Live With Space Station Commander

ADVISORY : M12-019 East to Live With WASHINGTON — Students participating in a U.S. Guard Academy mentoring program will speak with Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank aboard the Space Station at 11:15 EST on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Burbank, a NASA astronaut and retired Coast Guard captain, will talk to kindergarten through 12th-grade students about life on the space station. The event, hosted by the academy, will be live on NASA Television and include video of Burbank in the live question-and-answer session.

The mentored students, accompanied by their Coast Guard cadet mentors, will participate from five schools across the Eastern seaboard, including Science and Technology Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut in New London, Conn.; The Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology in Baltimore; Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School in Atlanta; Key Biscayne K-8 Center in Miami; and Maritime and Science Academy, also in Miami. Through the guidance of their mentors, students are learning about space and preparing for this interactive event.

Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin arrived at the station Nov. 15. NASA’s Don Pettit, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers joined the crew on Dec. 23.

This in-flight downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

The exact time of the downlink could change. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For information about NASA’s education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station
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NASA, University Of Maryland Invite Public To Astronauts’ Discussion Of Recent International Space Station Missions

Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100
jbuck@nasa.gov
Lee Tune
Office of Affairs
of Maryland
301-405-4679
ltune@umd.edu
ADVISORY : M11-018 NASA, University Of Maryland Public To Of International Missions WASHINGTON — NASA and the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering invite the public to a discussion with three astronauts from International Space Station expedition missions at 5:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the Hoff Theater inside the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. The crew members will give a video presentation about their mission and answer questions from the audience.

Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be picked up from the Stamp Union ticket office daily between noon and 10 p.m., starting Monday, Feb. 6. Reporters interested in covering the event should contact Missy Corley at 301-405-6501 or mcorley@umd.edu.

Mike Fossum served as a flight engineer for Expedition 28 and as for Expedition 29. During his stay, the station celebrated 11 years of continuous residence and work. Fossum returned to Earth on Nov. 21, 2011. He has logged more than 194 days in space, including more than 48 hours of extravehicular activity (EVA) in seven spacewalks. He is seventh on the all-time list of cumulative EVA time.

Ron Garan served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 27 and 28. While aboard the station, Garan continued work on a variety of microgravity experiments and welcomed two shuttle visits, including the last to the station. Garan landed on Sept. 15, 2011. He has logged more than 178 days in space, including 27 hours and 3 minutes outside the station during four spacewalks.

Cady Coleman served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 26 and 27. She was the lead robotics and science officer. While aboard, the station hosted a record number of visiting spacecraft: five vehicles from four space agencies. She returned to Earth on May 24, 2011. Coleman has logged over 4,330 hours in space aboard the station and space shuttle Columbia.

The trio also will give a presentation earlier in the day to NASA employees at 10:30 a.m. in NASA Headquarters’ James E. Webb Auditorium, located at 300 E St. SW in Washington. The presentation will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The astronauts will be available for media interviews from 9 to 10 a.m. Journalists must call 202-358-1100 to attend the presentation or to schedule an interview.

For more information about Fossum, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fossum.html

http://www.twitter.com/astro_aggie

For more information about Garan, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/garan-rj.html

http://www.twitter.com/Astro_Ron

For more information about Coleman, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/coleman.html

http://www.twitter.com/astro_cady For more information about the A. James Clark School of Engineering, visit:

http://www.eng.umd.edu/impact/space For a map of the University of Maryland campus and location of the Stamp Student Union (Building 163), visit:

http://bit.ly/zku8ht 

For NASA TV schedule information and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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Texas Students to Speak Live With Space Station Crew

ADVISORY : M12-014 to Live With Crew WASHINGTON — Fifth- through eighth-grade students at Asa Low Intermediate School in Mansfield, Texas, will speak with NASA’s Expedition 30 Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the Space at 11:50 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Media representatives are invited to attend. The event will be live on NASA Television.

On Jan. 27, the students will take part in a series of activities focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The school also will host a space night to share lessons about space with students. Administrators temporarily have renamed the school “N”Asa Low in honor of the event.

To attend, media representatives must contact Richie Escovedo at richieescovedo@misdmail.org or 817-299-6349. Asa Low Intermediate School is located at 1526 N. Walnut Creek Drive.

Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin arrived at the station Nov. 15. Pettit, European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers and cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko joined them Dec. 23.

This in-flight downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

The exact time of the downlink could change. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education

For information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

To follow Twitter updates from Burbank and Pettit, visit:

http://twitter.com/AstroCoastie

and

http://twitter.com/Astro_Pettit

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Virginia Students to Speak Live With Space Station Astronauts

ADVISORY : M12-013 to Speak Live With WASHINGTON — Students gathered at The of Virginia College at Wise will speak with Expedition 30 Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the Space Station at 9:20 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 26. Media representatives are invited to attend.

Approximately 2,500 students from southwestern Virginia will ask questions about life, work and research aboard the space station. NASA Associate Administrator for and former astronaut Leland Melvin will attend, and Gov. Robert McDonnell and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner will connect virtually with the event. It will be live on NASA Television.

To attend the event, news media must contact Jennifer Maggard at jennifer@courtbar.org or 276-328-6111 no later than noon on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The university is located at One College Avenue in Wise.

Students from Wise County Public Schools will participate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning activities before and after the event. A temporary space museum set up at the university Jan. 25 – 26 will display a moon rock, a spacesuit like those worn by Apollo astronauts and an inflatable replica of NASA’s Curiosity rover currently en route to the Red Planet.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA’s Teaching From Space program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education

For information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

To follow Twitter updates from Burbank and Pettit, visit:

http://twitter.com/AstroCoastie

and

http://twitter.com/Astro_Pettit

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