_Mark Carreau

_Mark Carreau
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NASA Astronaut Health Study Urges More Flights For Women 
A NASA overview of the health risks associated with long-duration space missions recommends more flight assignments for women to help gather more data on female physiological responses to spaceflight
NASA IG: Fiscal, Political Uncertainties Challenge NASA’s Ambitions 
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.
Eft-1 Orion Mated To Delta 4 Heavy 
The instrumented Orion capsule assigned to Exploration Flight Test-1 was hoisted atop its Delta 4 Heavy launch vehicle pre-positioned at Space Launch Complex 37 of Cape Canaveral on Nov. 12.
Space Station Avoids Chinese Reconnaissance Satellite Debris 
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 Looks To Faster, Cheaper ISS Access For Researchers
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.
Multinational Space Station Trio Lands In Kazakhstan 
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.
Researchers Seek Partners To Address Astronaut Vision Issues 
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.
NASA/JAXA Rainfall Measurement Mission Giving Way To Successor 
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).
Antares Loss Followed By ISS Unmanned Cargo Delivery
"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.
Station Dodges Debris Ahead of Orbital’s Re-supply Mission Launch 

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.

Space Station Cargo Departures Set Stage For New U.S., Russian Missions 

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.

Global Space Economy Stable, Primed For New Growth, Competition
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.
Station Dodges Debris Ahead of Orbital’s Re-supply Mission Launch 
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.
 
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