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STS-121 astronaut interviews: Mission Specialist 4 Piers Sellers
Posted: March 5, 2006
Duration: 38 min 19 sec
British-born astronaut Piers Sellers is the lead spacewalker for shuttle Discovery's upcoming STS-121 mission. He will test shuttle repair techniques and perform maintenance work outside the International Space Station during three planned EVAs. It will be his second spaceflight. This wide-ranging interview with Sellers includes insight into the spacewalk objectives, the risks to flying in space and why he wanted to become an astronaut.
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Technical info on new ISS assembly plan
Posted: March 3, 2006
Duration: 36 min 32 sec
Mike Suffredini, NASA's program manager for the International Space Station, updates reporters on the technical aspects of implimenting the revised assembly sequence and configuration for the orbiting outpost in this teleconference held March 3.
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Space agency leaders discuss revised ISS assembly plans
Posted: March 2, 2006
Duration: 52 min 39 sec
Leaders from the U.S., Russian, European, Japanese and Canadian space agencies hold this press conference at Kennedy Space Center on March 2 following meetings to approve a revised assembly sequence for the International Space Station using 16 space shuttle flights.
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GOES-N: Returned to hangar
Posted: March 1, 2006
Duration: 2 min 21 sec
The GOES-N weather satellite arrives at the Astrotech spacecraft processing facility near Cape Canaveral in the predawn darkness Feb. 22. Technicians will conduct a thorough examination of the satellite, something not feasible to perform on the pad, to ensure the craft is ready to fly after months of delays.
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GOES-N: Spacecraft removed from atop Boeing Delta 4 rocket
Posted: March 1, 2006
Duration: 4 min 2 sec
After spending eight months on the launch pad, the GOES-N weather observatory was detached from its Boeing Delta 4 rocket booster at Cape Canaveral's Complex 37 on Feb. 20. The spacecraft is returning to the processing building for precautionary health checks before liftoff is attempted again.
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Shuttle program status briefing
Posted: February 28, 2006
Duration: 60 min 39 sec
A status report on the space shuttle program's efforts to fly the second post-Columbia test flight, including changes to the external fuel tank, is provided in this news conference from Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 28. The participants are Wayne Hale, shuttle program manager, Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director, and Tim Wilson, external tank tiger team lead.
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NASA employee briefing
Posted: February 27, 2006
Duration: 54 min 30 sec
Space science funding, the Vision for Space Exploration and the recent controversy over public affairs clashing with agency scientists. These topics and more are discussed in this NASA employee question and answer session with Administrator Mike Griffin and Deputy Administrator Shana Dale held Feb. 27 from agency headquarters in Washington.
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Lockheed Martin announces CEV assembly planned for Florida
Posted: February 25, 2006
Duration: 26 min 25 sec
As part of Lockheed Martin's plans for the Crew Exploration Vehicle, the company has announced that final assembly and testing of the capsules will be performed at the Kennedy Space Center's Operations and Checkout Building. Lockheed Martin officials, Florida's lieutenant governor, the local congressman and a county economic development leader held this press conference Feb. 22 to unveil the plans.
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MRO: Pre-arrival briefing
Posted: February 24, 2006
Duration: 36 min 47 sec
With two weeks until its arrival at the red planet, NASA and Lockheed Martin officials hold this Feb. 24 news conference on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The briefing explains how the MRO spacecraft will fire its engines to enter into orbit around Mars and the mission's scientific goals to examine the planet like never before.
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STS-8: First night launch and landing, Bluford breaks color barrier
Posted: February 22, 2006
Duration: 15 min 57 sec
The space shuttle program performed its first dazzling nighttime launch with Challenger's August 1983 mission. A cockpit camera mounted beside commander Dick Truly captured amazing footage of night turning to day inside the shuttle from the brilliant flame of ascent. STS-8 also featured the first African-American astronaut, Guion Bluford. Challenger's astronauts tell the story of their six-day mission, which deployed an Indian satellite, used the robot arm to look at the orbiter's belly and examined the glow around the shuttle, during this narrated post-flight film.
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STS-7: America's first woman astronaut
Posted: February 20, 2006
Duration: 16 min 25 sec
The seventh flight of the space shuttle is remembered for breaking the gender barrier for U.S. spaceflight. Sally Ride flew into space and the history books with her historic June 1983 mission, becoming America's first woman astronaut. STS-7 also launched a pair of commercial communications spacecraft, then deployed a small platform fitted with experiments and camera package that captured iconic pictures of Challenger flying above the blue Earth and black void of space. The crew members narrate highlights from the mission in this post-flight film presentation.
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STS-6: Inaugural flight of Challenger
Posted: February 20, 2006
Duration: 14 min 1 sec
The space shuttle program became a two-orbiter fleet on April 4, 1983 when Challenger launched on its maiden voyage from Kennedy Space Center. The STS-6 mission featured the first ever spacewalk from a space shuttle and the deployment of NASA's first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. The four astronauts narrate a movie of highlights from their five-day mission in this post-flight presentation.
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STS-121: Crew chats with Florida press
Posted: February 17, 2006
Duration: 26 min 29 sec
Commander Steve Lindsey and his crew, the astronauts set to fly the second post-Columbia test flight, hold an informal news conference with reporters at Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 17. The crew is in Florida to examine hardware and equipment that will be carried on the STS-121 flight of shuttle Discovery.
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Congressional hearing on NASA budget
Posted: February 16, 2006
Duration: 115 min 47 sec
NASA Administrator Mike Griffin and his No. 2, Shana Dale, appear before the House Science Committee on Feb. 16 to defend President Bush's proposed 2007 budget for the space agency. Congressmen grill Griffin and Dale about the budget's plans to cut funding for some science programs.
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STS-5: Commercial era begins for the space shuttle program
Posted: February 14, 2006
Duration: 17 min 4 sec
With the four test flights complete, NASA declared the space shuttle a fully operational program. The crews were expanded, commercial payloads were welcomed aboard and the mission plans became much more hectic. This new era began with Columbia's STS-5 flight that launched the ANIK-C3 and SBS-C commercial communications satellites from the shuttle's payload bay. Commander Vance Brand, pilot Bob Overmyer and mission specialists Joe Allen and Bill Lenoir narrate highlights from their November 1982 mission in this post-flight presentation.
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STS-4: Columbia completes the space shuttle flight tests
Posted: February 12, 2006
Duration: 16 min 27 sec
The developmental test flights of the space shuttle concluded with Columbia's STS-4 mission. Commander Ken Mattingly and pilot Henry Hartsfield spent a week in space examining orbiter systems and running science experiments. The 1982 flight ended on July Fourth with President Reagan at the landing site to witness Columbia's return and the new orbiter Challenger leaving for Kennedy Space Center. Watch this STS-4 post-flight crew presentation film.
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STS-3: Columbia diverts to New Mexico
Posted: February 12, 2006
Duration: 16 min 42 sec
Space shuttle Columbia's STS-3 mission is best remembered in the history books for its conclusion. The primary shuttle landing site at Edwards Air Force Base in California was too wet to receive Columbia this time, forcing NASA to seek another location to bring the flight back to Earth. That alternate site was the picturesque Northrup Strip at White Sands, New Mexico. In this post-flight presentation film, commander Jack Lousma and pilot Gordon Fullerton describe the highlights of the March 1982 mission, show some of the fun they had in orbit and the explain descent into New Mexico. Lousma also tells how he accidentally "popped a wheelie" before bringing the nose gear down to the runway surface.
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STS-2: Space shuttle Columbia becomes first reusable spaceship
Posted: February 10, 2006
Duration: 15 min 32 sec
Seven months after the successful maiden voyage of space shuttle Columbia, astronauts Joe Engle and Richard Truly took the orbiter back into space on mission STS-2. The November 12, 1981 launch demonstrated that the space shuttle was the world's first reusable manned spacecraft. Although their mission would be cut short, Engle and Truly performed the first tests of the shuttle's Canadian-made robotic arm. The crew tells the story of the mission in this post-flight presentation.
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STS-1: Launch of America's first space shuttle mission
Posted: February 8, 2006
Duration: 16 min 59 sec
The space shuttle era was born on April 12, 1981 when astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen rode Columbia into Earth orbit from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A. The two-day flight simply was to prove the shuttle could get into space and return safely. Following the voyage of STS-1, the two astronauts narrated this film of the mission highlights, which includes unique views out the cockpit windows during launch and landing, and told some of their personal thoughts on the flight.
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GlobalFlyer pre-flight news conference
Posted: February 7, 2006
Duration: 39 min 46 sec
This pre-flight news conference held February 6 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center press site previews the voyage of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer aircraft, set to make the longest non-stop flight in aviation history. GlobalFlyer pilot Steve Fossett and mission supporter Sir Richard Branson discuss the flight, its risks and why undertake the challenge. GlobalFlyer will take off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, fly around the world and cross the Atlantic a second time before landing outside London.
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