The NASA chair of the International Space Station (ISS) Mission Management Team (MMT) has endorsed Russia’s changes to ISS crew and cargo launch schedules in the aftermath of the late April Progress 59 resupply mission loss.
NASA faces a funding challenge in every quarter, from its ambitious human spaceflight and science initiatives to the upkeep of its far-flung field centers and the security of its information technology systems, according to the NASA inspector general.
Flight controllers from three International Space Station (ISS) partner nations coordinated a firing of thrusters on the European Space Agency’s ATV-5 resupply ship early Nov. 12 to avoid a close pass between the orbiting science laboratory and debris associated with a Chinese reconnaissance satellite.
NASA’s International Space Station program plans to greatly compress certification schedules for science and exploration technology hardware in a bid to lower costs for researchers with interest in placing experiments and technology projects aboard the orbiting lab.
Three U.S., European and Russian astronauts descended to a safe landing on the subfreezing steppes of northern Kazakhstan late Nov. 9, after departing the International Space Station to end a 165-day mission marked by the restart of scheduled NASA spacewalks, wide-ranging research activities and resupply missions.
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute and Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Space Medicine have initiated a $100,000 matching grant challenge to advance technologies intended to address vision problems experienced by some astronauts assigned to long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station.
Based on declining fuel supply estimates, NASA is targeting April for the end of its groundbreaking joint Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM) with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
"This launch was a big boost, literally and figuratively, for the International Space Station program in the wake of the Antares launch failure," noted Rob Navias, a NASA mission commentator, from the agency’s Mission Control Center in Houston.
HOUSTON—Thrusters from the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-5 fired for 3.5 min. Oct. 27 to push the International Space Station away from orbital debris on a course calculated to pass within two tenths of a mi. of the orbiting lab.
The debris source was identified as the inactive Cosmos 2251 communications satellite that collided with a U.S. Iridium communications satellite on Feb. 10, 2009, Jay Bolden, a spokesman for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, confirmed.
HOUSTON—Russia’s Progress 56 re-supply capsule departed the International Space Station early Oct. 27, clearing a second berthing port aboard the six-person orbiting science laboratory for two cargo missions awaiting liftoff this week.
Progress 56, which arrived on July 23, undocked from the Russian segment’s Pirs module at 1:38 a.m. EDT. The trash-laden Russian spacecraft is scheduled to remain in orbit until Nov. 19 before making a destructive descent into the Pacific Ocean.
The global space economy, estimated at $256.2 billion, is following a stable course despite economic challenges, according to the latest assessment by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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