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Expedition 12: Soyuz relocation
Posted: March 20, 2006
Duration: 3 min 36 sec
Expedition 12 commander Bill McArthur and flight engineer Valery Tokarev undock their Soyuz spacecraft from the Earth-facing port of the Zarya control module to fly the capsule over to the back side of the outpost. The move clears the Zarya port for the next station crew's arrival.
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STS-41B: Astronaut ventures away from shuttle on jetpack
Posted: March 17, 2006
Duration: 26 min 30 sec
One of the iconic moments of the early space shuttle program was astronaut Bruce McCandless floating above the brilliantly blue Earth completely disconnected from his spacecraft. He was testing the Manned Maneuvering Unit, a jet-powered backpack that would enable spacewalkers to travel away from the space shuttle to service satellites. In this post-flight presentation, the crew of Challenger's STS-41B mission of February 1984 narrate the film highlights from their mission that also included the first shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center.
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Space Tech 5: Launch aborted
Posted: March 15, 2006
Duration: 2 min 10 sec
During the final seconds prior to the planned launch of the Space Technology 5 mission on March 15, a retention pin that holds the starboard-side fin aerosurface on the Pegasus rocket first stage did not retract. That forced the launch team to call an abort. This movie shows the scrub as it happened.
ST5 launch aborted
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Space Tech 5: Carrier aircraft departs Vandenberg for launch
Posted: March 15, 2006
Duration: 1 min 2 sec
The "Stargazer" carrier aircraft with the Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket takes off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:27 a.m. local time for launch for NASA's Space Technology 5 micro-sats.
L-1011 takeoff for ST5
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Space Tech 5: Taxi to the runway
Posted: March 15, 2006
Duration: 3 min 35 sec
The Stargazer carrier aircraft makes its way to the 10,000-foot runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base from the "hot pad" staging area in preparation for takeoff on the Space Technology 5 launch.
L-1011 taxi
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STS-121: Launch delayed to July
Posted: March 14, 2006
Duration: 50 min 29 sec
Space Shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale announces his decision to replace suspect fuel-level sensors inside the liquid hydrogen portion of Discovery's external tank. The three-week job means Discovery will miss its May launch window, delaying the second post-Columbia test flight to the next daylight period opening July 1. Hale made the announcement during a news conference from Johnson Space Center on March 14.
STS-121 delay briefing
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Stardust: Update on early science results
Posted: March 14, 2006
Duration: 64 min 21 sec
NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned to Earth in January with the first samples ever retrieved from a comet. This briefing with mission scientists held March 13 from the Johnson Space Center offers an update on the initial research into the comet bits.
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Space Tech 5: Pre-launch news conference
Posted: March 12, 2006
Duration: 29 min 28 sec
An air-launched Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket will place three miniature satellites into orbit for NASA's Space Technology 5 mission. The launch is scheduled for March 14 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. This is the pre-launch press conference held March 12 with Jim Slavin, the ST5 project scientist, Chuck Dovale, the NASA launch manager, Bryan Baldwin, Pegasus program director at Orbital Sciences, Art Azarbarzin, ST5 spacecraft project manager, and David Bieger, the Air Force launch weather officer.
Space Tech 5 news conference
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Space Tech 5: Mission preview briefing
Posted: March 12, 2006
Duration: 19 min 7 sec
A preview of the Space Technology 5 mission objectives for demonstrating new technologies and benefits for science is provided in this pre-flight news conference held March 12 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base launch site. The briefers include Ray Taylor from the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Chris Stevens, from the New Millennium Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Jim Slavin, ST5 project scientist.
ST5 mission briefing
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MRO: Post-arrival briefing
Posted: March 10, 2006
Duration: 18 min 11 sec
Following the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's successfully entry into orbit around the Red Planet, officials hold this news briefing from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to report on the craft's status, precise details on how the burn went and answer reporters' questions.
MRO briefing
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MRO: Spacecraft emerges from behind Mars after engine firing
Posted: March 10, 2006
Duration: 1 min 14 sec
The final minutes of the Mars Orbit Insertion burn for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter occurred while the spacecraft was behind the planet and out of communications with Earth. This movie shows the jubilant moment in mission control when the craft phoned home to confirm it had survived the engine firing.
MRO phones home
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MRO: Engines ignite for the Mars Orbit Insertion burn
Posted: March 10, 2006
Duration: 1 min 48 sec
Flying backward with the Red Planet looming near, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ignites its cluster of engines for the 27-minute orbit insertion burn. This is the footage from mission control when the burn began.
MRO Mars Orbit Insertion burn
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MRO: Pre-arrival status briefing
Posted: March 10, 2006
Duration: 17 min 1 sec
Doug McCuistion, Mars exploration program director, Rob Lock, MRO lead mission planner, Howard Eisen, MRO flight systems manager, and Rich Zurek, MRO project scientist, give a pre-arrival status briefing for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 12 noon EST on March 10.
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Cassini: Possible water on discovered on Saturn's moon Enceladus
Posted: March 9, 2006
Duration: 2 min 34 sec
The Cassini spacecraft orbiting the planet Saturn has found evidence indicating pockets of liquid water may exist near the surface on the icy moon Enceladus, raising the question of whether the small world could support life. This movie includes stunning images of Enceladus taken by Cassini and animation of geysers seen erupting from the moon.
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Cassini: Scientist explains discovery
Posted: March 9, 2006
Duration: 2 min 46 sec
Dr. Torrence Johnson of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a member of the Cassini imaging team. In this interview, he explains the discovery of potential liquid water on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
Torrence Johnson interview
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MRO: Orbit insertion explained
Posted: March 8, 2006
Duration: 2 min 30 sec
The make-or-break engine firing by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to enter orbit around Mars and the subsequent aerobraking to reach the low-altitude perch for science observations are explained by project manager Jim Graf in this narrated animation package.
MRO MOI
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MRO: Mission overview briefing
Posted: March 8, 2006
Duration: 32 min 35 sec
Fuk Li, Mars program manager at JPL, Jim Graf, MRO project manager, Rich Zurek, MRO project scientist, and Dan McCleese, the principal investigator for the Mars Climate Sounder instrument, provide an overview on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on March 8, about 48 hours before arrival at Mars.
MRO overview
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STS-9: Spacelab opens for science
Posted: March 7, 2006
Duration: 18 min 32 sec
Spacelab was an orbiting laboratory tucked in the payload bay of the space shuttle for scientists to conduct a range of experiments. The joint European/NASA program flew multiple times aboard shuttle missions starting with STS-9 in November 1983. In this post-flight film presentation, the astronauts from that Columbia mission narrate the highlights from Spacelab-1.
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Expedition 12: Progress undocking
Posted: March 7, 2006
Duration: 2 min 22 sec
The Russian Progress M-54 cargo freighter undocks from the International Space Station's Zvezda service module aft port on March 3, as viewed by onboard and ISS cameras. Known in the station's assembly sequence as Progress 19P, the craft was launched last September with food, water, equipment and fuel. It was filled with trash before the undocking to burn up in the atmosphere.
Progress undocking
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STS-121 astronaut interviews: Mission Specialist 3 Stephanie Wilson
Posted: March 6, 2006
Duration: 24 min 23 sec
Stephanie Wilson, a Boston native and Harvard graduate, will be a rookie astronaut on space shuttle Discovery's upcoming STS-121 mission. She worked on the Titan 4 rocket program at Martin Marietta and the Jupiter-orbiting Galileo spacecraft at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory before becoming an astronaut. This interview covers Wilson's career path and her duties during Discovery's flight to the space station.
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