Uploaded on Apr 16, 2008
This Week At NASA...
EXPEDITION 17 CREW ABOARD THE ISS - JSC
Commentator: "2-1-0 And Lift Off."
A Soyuz spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan delivered Expedition 17 and Soyuz Commander Sergei Volkov, Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko and South Korean Spaceflight Participant So-yeon Yi to the International Space Station.
Commentator: "Docking confirmed."
Volkov and Kononenko will spend six months working in space. Yi will return to Earth on April 19, after a nine day stay aboard the ISS, with Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko.
NASA OFFICIALS ATTEND NATIONAL SPACE SYMPOSIUM -- HQ
NASA Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Rick Gilbrech participated in a panel discussion at the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. The session focused on the challenges NASA faces in bridging the gap between shuttle retirement in 2010 and the introduction of the new Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle in 2015.
Rick Gilbrech: "It's a great opportunity for us to have six month stays with the astronauts and it's a great analog to the Mars journey. A lot of our missions right now look at a six month transit time to get to Mars and we're looking at the typical risks that we believe astronauts will have to overcome in those types of duration space journeys."
William Parsons, Director of the Kennedy Space Center, Chris Scolese, NASA Associate Administrator and former astronaut Eileen Collins also participated. The National Space Symposium is an annual industry conference that brings together senior leaders of all sectors of the space community.
STS-122 CREW TOUR CONTINUES -- SSC
STS-122 Commander Steve Frick, Pilot Alan Poindexter, and Mission Specialists Rex Walheim, Stan Love and Leland Melvin visited the Stennis Space Center. The astronauts met with Stennis employees and gave a presentation about their recent mission to the International Space Station.
Student: "Did you see all the planets?"
Melvin also spoke with children from the Girls and Boys Club of Biloxi, Miss. and the Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Brighton School, an educational institution for bright and talented students with learning differences.
MOONBUGGY MANIA -- MSFC
High school students from Erie, Kansas braved pouring rain and fierce competition from around the world on their way to winning the high school division of NASA's 15th annual Great Moonbuggy Race at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. The winning team completed the simulated lunar race course in 3 minutes and 17 seconds; besting 21 other teams from across the United States and as far away as Germany. A team from the University of Evansville, Indiana took the college division with a wining time of 4 minutes and 25 seconds. The Great Moonbuggy Race is inspired by the original lunar rover that was used to carry the Apollo 15 crew over the moon's surface in 1971.
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