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STS-121: Launch date announced
Posted: June 17, 2006
Duration: 47 min 6 sec
NASA leaders have affirmed Saturday, July 1 as the official launch date for space shuttle Discovery's test flight to the International Space Station. The decision came despite the agency's safety officer and chief engineer voting 'no go' due to continuing concerns about the design of the fuel tank's ice-frost foam ramps. NASA Administrator Mike Griffin, Associate Administrator for Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier, Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale and launch director Mike Leinbach held this news conference at the conclusion of the Flight Readiness Review.
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STS-121: Crew members talk about the risks of spaceflight
Posted: June 16, 2006
Duration: 14 min 17 sec
Spaceflight is a risky business. Astronauts who strap themselves aboard the space shuttle know it. Discovery commander Steve Lindsey and mission specialist Mike Fossum talk about accepting the risk and how they prepare their families before launch.
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STS-121: Heading for launch pad to practice the countdown
Posted: June 15, 2006
Duration: 26 sec
The five-man, two-woman astronaut crew departs the Operations and Checkout Building to board the AstroVan for the ride to launch pad 39B during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test countdown dress rehearsal.
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STS-121: Practice suit-up
Posted: June 15, 2006
Duration: 7 min 5 sec
After breakfast, the seven STS-121 astronauts don their bright orange launch and entry partial pressure suits before heading to the pad as part of the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test.
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STS-121: Breakfast on practice launch countdown day
Posted: June 15, 2006
Duration: 38 sec
Discovery's seven astronauts are gathered around the dining room table in crew quarters for breakfast. They were awakened at about 6 a.m. EDT to begin the launch day dress rehearsal at Kennedy Space Center.
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STS-30: Dispatching Magellan to Venus
Posted: June 14, 2006
Duration: 16 min 34 sec
The United States began a new era in planetary science on May 4, 1989 when space shuttle Atlantis launched the Magellan space probe to Venus. An Inertial Upper Stage booster propelled Magellan on its trek to the neighboring planet where it would enter orbit and use radar to map the Venusian surface. The astronauts of Atlantis' mission STS-30 narrates the highlights of their flight in this film.
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STS-121: Crew pad chat
Posted: June 14, 2006
Duration: 22 min 55 sec
The STS-121 astronauts take a few minutes out of their launch pad evacuation training and countdown dress rehearsal activities to chat with reporters about their mission. This informal event occurred at the base of pad 39B where the evacuation bunker is located.
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STS-121: Commander's comments
Posted: June 13, 2006
Duration: 2 min 41 sec
After arriving at the Kennedy Space Center, shuttle commander Steve Lindsey gave a few comments to the assembled reporters and photographers at the runway. The full crew then posed for pictures.
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STS-121: Crew arrives for practice count
Posted: June 13, 2006
Duration: 7 min 18 sec
Commander Steve Lindsey and crew arrive at Kennedy Space Center after a flight from their home base in Houston aboard a Gulfstream jet. The trip was delayed a day due to Tropical Storm Alberto. The astronauts have traveled to the Cape for the traditional launch dress rehearsal conducted before every shuttle mission.
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STS-121 pre-flight preview: Flight directors present mission plan
Posted: June 12, 2006
Duration: 66 min 33 sec
Tony Ceccacci, the lead shuttle flight director for STS-121, provides a highly informative day-by-day preview of Discovery's mission using animation and other presentations. Then Rick LaBrode, the lead International Space Station flight director during STS-121, explains all of the activities occurring onboard and outside the outpost while Discovery visits.
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STS-121 pre-flight preview: The spacewalks
Posted: June 12, 2006
Duration: 50 min 41 sec
Space shuttle Discovery's STS-121 mission to the International Space Station will feature two scheduled spacewalks and perhaps a third if consumables permit. Spacewalkers Mike Fossum and Piers Sellers will test whether the 50-foot inspection boom carried on the shuttle could be used as a work platform for repairing the heatshield and conduct maintenance chores outside the space station. Tomas Gonzalez-Torres, the mission's lead spacewalk officer, details all the three EVAs in this pre-flight news briefing held June 8 at Johnson Space Center.
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STS-121 pre-flight preview: Discovery's seven astronauts meet the press
Posted: June 9, 2006
Duration: 41 min 23 sec
The five men and two women who will launch aboard space shuttle Discovery's STS-121 mission to the International Space Station met the news media June 8 at the Johnson Space Center for the traditional pre-flight briefing. The crew is led by commander Steve Lindsey, with pilot Mark Kelly, mission specialists Mike Fossum, Lisa Nowak, Stephanie Wilson, Piers Sellers, and station Expedition flight engineer Thomas Reiter.
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STS-121 pre-flight preview: Perspective from shuttle and ISS program leaders
Posted: June 8, 2006
Duration: 66 min 31 sec
A comprehensive series of press briefings for space shuttle Discovery's upcoming STS-121 begins with a program overview conference by Wayne Hale, NASA's manager of the shuttle program, and Kirk Shireman, the deputy program manager of the International Space Station. The two men discuss the significance of Discovery's mission to their respective programs. The briefing was held June 8 at the Johnson Space Center.
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News conference on Exploration work assignments
Posted: June 5, 2006
Duration: 55 min 22 sec
Following their announcement on the Exploration work assignments to the various NASA centers, Mike Griffin, Scott Horowitz and Jeff Hanley hold this news conference to answer reporter questions.
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NASA leaders address employees about Exploration work
Posted: June 5, 2006
Duration: 62 min 30 sec
NASA officials unveil the plan to distribute work in the Constellation Program for robotic and human moon and Mars exploration. This address to agency employees on June 5 was given by Administrator Mike Griffin, Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Scott Horowitz and Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley.
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History Flashback: First U.S. spacewalk
Posted: June 3, 2006
Duration: 7 min 1 sec
The first American spacewalk was performed by astronaut Ed White on June 3, 1965. This historic footage shows the launch of Gemini 4 with Jim McDivitt and White, then the U.S. space program's first Extravehicular Activity (EVA) spacewalk.
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STS-29: Discovery puts a space-based tracking station into the sky
Posted: June 1, 2006
Duration: 21 min 18 sec
NASA created its Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) system to serve as a constellation of orbiting spacecraft that would replace the costly ground tracking stations scattered around the globe for communications with space shuttles and other satellites. Space shuttle Discovery's STS-29 mission in March 1989 launched the massive TDRS-D craft. This post-flight film narrated by the crew shows the deployment, the astronauts running a series of medical tests and the monitoring of a student-developed chicken embryo experiment.
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STS-121: News briefing after launch debris verification review
Posted: May 31, 2006
Duration: 60 min 10 sec
Space shuttle program manager Wayne Hale and launch director Mike Leinbach hold this news conference May 31 from Kennedy Space Center to offer a status report on STS-121 mission preparations. The briefing was held at the conclusion of the debris verification review, which examined the external fuel tank and threats to the shuttle from impacts during launch.
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Expedition 13: Spacewalk preview
Posted: May 30, 2006
Duration: 67 min 9 sec
International Space Station officials from Houston preview the planned June 1 spacewalk by the Expedition 13 crew during this May 30 news briefing. Commander Pavel Vinogradov and flight engineer Jeff Williams will install a new external valve on the Zvezda service module for the oxygen-generation system and a new TV camera on the station's rail car.
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STS-61C: Shuttle crew launches satellite, works on experiments
Posted: May 26, 2006
Duration: 19 min 14 sec
Space shuttle Columbia began mission STS-61C with a beautiful sunrise launch in January 1986 after several delays. Led by commander Hoot Gibson, the astronauts deployed a commercial communications satellite and tended to numerous experiments with the Materials Science Laboratory, Hitchhiker platform and Getaway Special Canisters in the payload bay. The crew included Congressman Bill Nelson of Florida, the first U.S. Representative to fly in space. Watch this post-flight film narrated by the astronauts.
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