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Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch STS-132


Courtesy: NASA Space shuttle Atlantis is embarking on its final planned mission. During the 12-day flight, Atlantis and six astronauts will fly to the Intern…

NASA – Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-129 Mission Launch [2009] HD


STS-129 was a NASA Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Atlantis was launched on November 16, 2009 at 14:28 EST, and landed at 09:…

From launch to landing: Luca’s Volare mission


Luca Parmitano was the first of ESA’s class of 2009 astronauts to visit the International Space Station. In his own words, this summary of his five-month mis…

Weekly Space Hangout – December 20, 2013: Gaia Launch, Apollo 8 & Emergency Spacewalks


Host: Fraser Cain Guests: Nicole Gugliucci, Jason Major, Amy Shira Teitel, David Dickinson, Elizabeth Howell Today’s topics! Jason: Gaia Launches to Map the …

Which video game is getting the most overrated hype for Q4 launch?

MW3, Batman Arkam City, uncharted 3, or elder scrolls.

For me I say elder scrolls because I have heard numerous fanboys of the game saying it will win GOTY hands down and all other games are inferior to it.
Forgot to add in battlefield 3

STS-127 Launch HD


NASA’S SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR LAUNCHES TO COMPLETE JAPANESE MODULE CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member crew launched at 6:03 pm EDT Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will deliver the final segment to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory and a new crew member to the International Space Station. Endeavour’s 16-day mission includes five spacewalks and the installation of two platforms outside the Japanese module. One platform is permanent and will allow experiments to be directly exposed to space. The other is an experiment storage pallet that will be detached and returned with the shuttle. During the mission, Kibo’s robotic arm will transfer three experiments from the pallet to the exposed platform. Future experiments also can be moved to the platform from the inside of the station using the laboratory’s airlock. Shortly before liftoff, Commander Mark Polansky thanked the teams that helped make the launch possible. “Endeavour has patiently waited for this,” said Polansky. “We’re ready to go, and we’re going to take all of you with us on a great mission.”

Soyuz TMA-16 Launch to the ISS from Baikonur


September 30, 2009 – Baikonur Cosmodrome. Flight Engineers Jeffrey Williams and Maxim Suraev of the 21st International Space Station crew launched in their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:14 am EDT Wednesday to begin a six-month stay in space. Less than 10 minutes after launch their spacecraft reached orbit, and its antennas and solar arrays were deployed shortly afterward. With Williams, a retired US Army colonel, and Suraev, a colonel in the Russian Air Force, is spaceflight participant Guy Laliberté, flying under an agreement between the Russian Federal Space Agency and Space Adventures, Ltd. Laliberté will depart the station with Expedition 20 crew members Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt in their Soyuz TMA-14 on Oct. 10. Padalka and Barratt launched to the station on March 26. The Expedition 21 crew members will be welcomed by the Expedition 20 crew, including Flight Engineers Nicole Stott, Roman Romanenko, Robert Thirsk and Frank De Winne, who will transition to the Expedition 21 crew with the departure of Padalka and Barratt. With the inauguration of Expedition 21, De Winne of the European Space Agency will become the first European commander of the orbiting complex. Williams, 51, is making his third trip to the space station. His first flight was aboard space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-101 mission, which delivered and installed over 5000 pounds of equipment and supplies to the station in May

STS-125 launch (Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4)


en.wikipedia.org Mission name STS-125 Space shuttle Atlantis Launch pad LC-39A Launch date May 11, 2009, 2:01:56 pm EDT (18:01:56 UTC) Landing May 24, 2009, 11:39:05 am EDT (15:39:05 UTC) Runway 22 – Edwards Air Force Base Mission duration 12 days, 21 hours, 37 minutes, 9 seconds Number of orbits 197 Apogee 578 km Perigee 486 km Orbital period 97 min Orbital altitude 320 nautical miles (570 km) Orbital inclination 28.5° at 304 nautical miles Distance traveled 5.3 million miles www.nasa.gov Veteran astronaut Scott D. Altman commanded the final space shuttle mission to Hubble. Retired Navy Capt. Gregory C. Johnson served as pilot. Mission specialists included veteran spacewalkers John M. Grunsfeld and Michael J. Massimino and first-time space fliers Andrew J. Feustel, Michael T. Good and K. Megan McArthur. Atlantis astronauts repaired and upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope, conducting five spacewalks during their mission to extend the life of the orbiting observatory. They successfully installed two new instruments and repaired two others, bringing them back to life, replaced gyroscopes and batteries, and added new thermal insulation panels to protect the orbiting observatory. The result is six working, complementary science instruments with capabilities beyond what was available and an extended operational lifespan until at least 2014. With the newly installed Wide Field Camera, Hubble will be able to observe in ultraviolet and infrared spectrums as well as visible light

STS-122 Launch


Space shuttle Atlantis and its crew of seven astronauts launched on spectacular plumes of gold-tipped smoke on 7th February 2008 carrying Europe’s primary contribution to the International Space Station — the Columbus science laboratory. The lab is filled with racks for experiments and research equipment and has fixtures on its exterior to also host research exposed to the vacuum of space. It represents the latest international addition to a facility already made of structures from the United States, Russia and Canada. “It shows that there is a real partnership between communities,” NASA Administrator Mike Griffin said. The launch was crucial for the European Space Agency because the Columbus lab represents a cutting edge research facility for Europe and the continent’s first manned spacecraft. “Today we are opening a new chapter for ESA,” said Jean-Jacques Dordain, the European Space Agency director general. “Just as Columbus discovered the New World, with Columbus, we are discovering a whole new world.” The launch came seven years to the day after Atlantis carried NASA’s science laboratory named Destiny to the space station. “It’s great to have two laboratories in space,” said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for space operations. Atlantis’ liftoff came despite concerns that a weather front would interfere. But those concerns did not materialize and the launch team sent Atlantis aloft at the appointed time. “We did set ourselves up to be ready, to be

STS-126 Endeavour Launch


NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson commands the seven-member crew, which includes Pilot Eric Boe, Mission Specialists Donald Pettit, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Steve Bowen, Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus.. In Endeavour’s payload bay, the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo is packed full of about 14500 pounds of equipment and supplies, making it one of the heaviest modules in shuttle history. Also included in the payload, are additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet, an exercise device and other household-type equipment. The prime objective of the 15-day mission is to prepare the International Space Station to accommodate six members for long-duration stays. Four planned spacewalks will focus on servicing the station’s two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints, or SARJ, which are needed to track the sun for electric power. Endeavour and its crew are set to land at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after more than two weeks in space.