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Posted: Aug 20 2007, 10:18 PM
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I was just updated on the situation with the shuttle and it seems that nobody took a walk to physically inspect the damage which could be a lot worse than they think it to be... What basically happened was that a piece of foam broke off and struck the tile at 300 feet per second or 200 MPH... NASA has not taken into consideration that the tile or more than one tile could have been knocked loose by the impact of the foam nor have they simulated a piece of foam hitting the tiles at that speed...

The shuttle has separated form the space station and is now preparing to land in Houston at or around 12:30 pm if the weather conditions allow it. If not; the shuttle will remain in orbit for another day... The one reason that they're giving for not making the repair is that they haven't run the calculations with their idiotic toy, and I do mean toy... computers on how the repair will affect the aerodynamic flight characteristics, etc... of the shuttle... It ain't rocket science!!! A little bump on the tile ain't gonna make a bit of difference or not enough of a difference to worry about... Screw the computer mumbo jumbo and fix the damn tile already!!! If this shuttle fries then the shuttles will be permanently mothballed and that hunk of junk they call a space station will never be completed by 2010...

Besides not fixing the tile, they are also not planning on doing any preventative maintenance on the tank so that the same thing, that they never imagined could ever happen, could happen again. I'm really not surprised since they really screwed up when they didn't take in account that a shuttle coming back with a nearly full payload might have some more stress on the wings than a shuttle with an empty payload bay. The shuttles had been inspected a few years before the last shuttle burned up and they found stress cracks where the wings meet the body of all of the shuttles... They were grounded for quite a while because of that problem...

All it took was a little crack in the wing to burn up the last shuttle and now they're gonna risk losing another one all because they're too dumb to realize that a piece of felt-like material is not gonna keep the 2000 degree heat from burning a hole right through the metal... And if any other tiles were damaged, then there's gonna be a lot bigger area of exposure to deal with. These people, including the astronuts, must have an IQ of less than 10 because they're definitely not showing any signs of intelligence by not at least taking a space walk to determine the extent of the damage and to inspect the surrounding tiles before trying to come home.

I'll be monitoring the situation closely and will probably be the first one here to report that NASA lost another shuttle... pissed.gif

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The shuttle landed safely!!!!

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blinkNEW.gif Unfortunately I was unable to watch the return of the shuttle but for some reason today seemed to be a day of great miracles.
August 21, 2007

Space Shuttle Lands Safely Despite Gouge

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Aug. 21 — The space shuttle Endeavour glided to a safe landing here at 12:32 p.m. Eastern time, apparently not much worse for wear.

A look at the underside of the Endeavour appeared to validate the decision by mission managers not to try to repair a small but deep gouge, caused by a small piece of falling foam, in two heat tiles on the underside of the right wing. The ultrahot gases streaming past the wing surface during re-entry burned a slightly larger scoop out of the gouged tiles, but the additional damage to the craft appeared to be limited.

Michael D. Griffin, NASA’s administrator, who greeted the returning astronauts on the runway and then examined the damage close-up, said he saw some signs of heating and some erosion. “But over all, you’d be hard put to tell it went through a re-entry,” he said at a news conference after the landing.

Tiles in that area will be removed for examination of the underlying aluminum structure.

The Endeavour returned “in outstanding condition” over all, said Michael D. Leinbach, the shuttle launch director at the Kennedy Space Center. “Very few dings otherwise.”

The landing concluded a successful mission that lasted 12 days, 17 hours and 55 minutes and covered nearly 5.3 million miles in 201 orbits. During the visit to the International Space Station, astronauts on the Endeavour conducted four spacewalks to perform construction on the space station, which is now about 60 percent complete.

While the falling foam had, in the end, little effect on the Endeavour, it may have repercussions for later flights. Engineers are analyzing whether modifications should be made to brackets that hold a fuel line on the external fuel tank. Ice that formed on the brackets after the tank was filled with ultracold liquid hydrogen and oxygen is believed to have caused a small piece of foam, about one-third of an ounce, to come loose 58 seconds into flight.

NASA has delayed attaching the solid rocket boosters to the external fuel tank for the next mission until a decision is made on what to do with the brackets. Mr. Leinbach said that there was a cushion of several days in the schedule of preparations for the launching of the Discovery, and that modifications like reducing the amount of foam on the brackets would take a couple of days at most.

“We’re still pointed to Oct. 23 for our launch,” Mr. Leinbach said.

Perhaps more likely to be affected is the subsequent mission, the launching of the Atlantis in early December, because the final preparations of attaching the orbiter to the external fuel tank cannot take place in NASA’s giant Vehicle Assembly Building until the Discovery is moved out of the building to the launching pad.

Dr. Griffin said he and William H. Gerstenmaier, the associate administrator for space operations, were inclined not to make changes, because foam on the brackets was small and it was unclear whether changes would improve or worsen the situation.

NASA is also looking at possible changes to its countdown schedule. Following the loss of the Columbia in 2003 because of damage caused by falling foam, a one-hour “hold” was added to the countdown to allow inspectors to look for ice buildup. But the extra time may also allow more ice to form.

But the primary mission today was Endeavour’s safe return. At 11:05 a.m. Eastern time, Christopher J. Ferguson, an astronaut at the NASA’s mission control center in Houston, radioed to the Endeavour crew, “You are go for the de-orbit burn.”

At 11:25, while over the Indian Ocean, the Endeavour fired its maneuvering thrusters for 3 minutes and 35 seconds. For the next hour, it dropped out of orbit toward Earth’s atmosphere. The craft cruised over Costa Rica and Cuba, then over southern Florida, where the skies were blue with broken clouds and a steady breeze.

Two quick, loud sonic booms thundered across the space center as the shuttle passed to the east. It then made a U-turn for its final approach from the north. In a picture-perfect landing, its rear tires touched the runway at 12:32 p.m., and the nose gently swiveled to the ground 13 seconds later. Slowed by a drag chute, it rolled to a stop about a minute later.

“Congratulations, welcome home,” Mr. Ferguson of mission control said to the Endeavour crew, which included Barbara Morgan, the former teacher who was the backup to Christa McAuliffe on the ill-fated Challenger mission in 1986 and who later made the career change to full-time astronaut. “You’ve given a new meaning to ‘higher’ education.”

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Love triangle US ex-astronaut loses bid to dismiss case
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ORLANDO, Florida — A US judge Wednesday refused to throw out charges against an ex-NASA astronaut who allegedly drove across the country wearing diapers to confront her suspected rival in a love triangle.

A defense lawyer for Lisa Nowak, 46, called on the Orlando judge to dismiss the charges of attempted kidnapping, burglary and battery arising out of the bizarre 2007 incident.

Nowak, who allegedly wore the adult diapers so she would not have to make bathroom breaks, was dismissed from the astronaut corps in 2007 after her arrest for allegedly attacking another officer, Colleen Shipman.

Defense attorney Donald Lykkebak called for the case to be dismissed saying he had not received all the prosecution evidence being prepared for her trial on December 7 in a timely fashion.

At the center of the allegations is a report that Nowak, who now works for the US Navy, allegedly pepper-sprayed Shipman, a US Air Force captain, who she believed shared her romantic interest in NASA shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.

Nowak, a mother of three who has flown aboard NASA's space shuttle Discovery, drove 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from Houston, Texas, to Orlando International Airport to confront Shipman, according to documents in the case.

But Lykkebak said the allegations of the pepperspray were contradicted by Shipman's statements to medical personnel who treated her at the scene.

Shipman "denied any direct contact with the pepper spray and was not experiencing any burning sensation or any medical problems," according to the defense motion, citing a report by the Greater Orlando Airport Authority.

During a hearing Wednesday Lykkebak said he had only received that airport report in April after filing a subpoena.

Florida law requires state prosecutors to turn over all documents to the defense as both sides prepare for trial. The process is called discovery.

"It wouldn't have been discovered at all if I hadn't gone on a fishing expedition," Lykkebak told the court. "Of course the essence of my complaint is what else is out there that the defense does not know about?"

But the judge ruled instead that Shipman and other officers involved in the case must give another deposition to clarify the matter. He also ruled to allow Lykkebak to subpoena additional police files.

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I must have missed this one... Our poor astronaut was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. Thank You. rolleyesNEW.gif


Ex-Astronaut Lisa Nowak Makes Plea Deal in Kidnapping Case

By Steve Helling

Tuesday November 10, 2009 04:20 PM EST

Lisa Nowak, the former astronaut arrested in an attack against her romantic rival, has agreed to a plea agreement that will keep her out of jail.

Nowak, 46, was charged with attempted kidnapping after a Feb. 5, 2007, altercation with Colleen Shipman, who was dating Nowak's ex-boyfriend Cmdr. William A. Oefelein.

Nowak admits that she drove from Texas to Florida to confront Shipman about the relationship. Although she claims she just wanted to talk, prosecutors accused her of spraying Shipman with pepper spray in an attempt to kidnap her. After pleading guilty to lesser charges of burglary and misdemeanor battery, Nowak was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service. She was also ordered to stay away from Shipman.

In an emotional plea to the court, Shipman described the emotional toll the attack took on her. "She was going to kill me," Shipman said, her voice breaking. "I could see it in her eyes."

Shipman said that the attack – and the resulting media whirlwind – damaged her health, career and emotional well-being. Nowak faced Shipman in court and said that she was "sincerely sorry" for the attack.

Nowak will return to her Texas home. She recently split from her husband and they share joint-custody of their three kids. Shipman lives with Oefelein in Alaska.

Nowak told the judge that it would be "no problem" to stay away from her ex-boyfriend and Shipman. As she told Shipman: "I hope we can both move forward from this."

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President Obama Signs NASA Space Exploration Act Into Law

Published October 12, 2010


President Obama signed a major NASA act today (Oct. 11) that turns his vision for U.S. space exploration of asteroids and Mars into law.

The signing makes official a NASA authorization act that scraps the space agency's previous moon-oriented goal and paves the way for a mannedmission to an asteroidby 2025. A manned mission to Mars is envisioned for some time in the 2030s.

The bill also calls for a budget of $19 billion for NASA in 2011, adding one extra space shuttle flight before the fleet retires next year, and the extension of the International Space Station through at least 2020.

What's up with this NASA?

NASA photoshopped an image of Saturn’s moons, but not to hide alien life
Oct. 14, 2010 (4:40 pm) By: John Brownlee
One of the internet’s oldest, most beloved and geekiest sites is NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, but a recent image uploaded to the site of Saturn’s moons has got UFO conspiracist frothing at the mouth after it was revealed that the image had been Photoshopped.

The photoshop occurred in an official image of Saturn’s moons Dione and Titan. A YouTube user called DominatorPS3 noticed that when you turn up the contrast of the image, a lot of brush strokes on the dark side of the smaller moon become visible… immediately leading him to surmise that there was a cover-up afoot to keep the public from knowing the truth about extraterrestrial life around Saturn.

The truth, though, is far more mundane. According to NASA’s Emily Kakdawalia, who cops to the photoshopping, this is just business as usual trying to put together an attractive image for Astronomy Pic of the Day:

Cassini takes color pictures by snapping three sequential photos through red, green, and blue filters. In the time that separated the three frames, Dione moved, so if I did a simple color composite I would be able to make Titan look right, but not Dione; or Dione look right, but not Titan. So I aligned Dione, cut it out, and then aligned Titan, and then had to account for the missing bits of shadow where the bits of Dione had been in two of the three channels.

In truth, a lot of Astronomy Picture of the Day’s images are manipulated, since many of them are based upon taking images of far off galaxies that can only be seen in invisible light. NASA may well be hiding something, but if they are, they’d have to be dastardly indeed to hide proof of UFOs in the plain sight of their official website.

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NASA moon impact debris contained 5% water

23 October, 2010       

It was last October that NASA set out on a mission to find water on the surface of the Moon. They had sent in a double dose of spacecrafts to the lunar surface and apparently their quest for the same has proved to bear fruits. The scientists at the north American Space Agency report that they have found the presence of water on the lunar surface and actually the quantity of the same, they claim, would suffice for the human explorers that need to survive over there for exploration purposes. The form though is not liquid but ice that exists on the moon but water can sure be extracted off of it.

The future of man’s voyage to the moon depends largely on the existence of this ice. Carrying the water from earth to the moon would be a hell lot more difficult for astronauts than to extract water from the ice that is already present in the lunar surface. A human base can be set up in the moon banking on the quantity of water that exists over there. Other than water a range of gases are found in abundance over there according the scientists which include ammonia, hydrogen and methane.

NASA is convinced that ice is indeed present on the surface of the moon and every other individual that has had the details is convinced as well. The ice remains hidden in the shadows that cover a large chunk of the surface of the moon. Probes had been slammed on to the lunar surface which resulted in the debris plumes being shot up to a distance of around 16 kilometers in height. This debris wouldn’t have been exposed to sunlight in many a billion years.

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He survived plane crash that killed Ted Stevens

Former NASA chief recounts tragedy that killed five passengers
By John Springer contributor contributor
updated 10/22/2010 9:38:24 AM ET 2010-10-22T13:38:24

Former NASA Administrator and Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefe was dazed and confused when he regained consciousness, unaware for a moment that the single-engine DeHavilland DHC-3T he and eight others had been flying en route to a remote Alaskan fishing camp had just crashed into the side of a mountain.

Pinned in the wreckage, in tremendous pain, O'Keefe surveyed his surroundings. The plane’s configuration had changed dramatically. No longer where there were two orderly rows of tan, canvas-covered seats; all had been thrown violently forward upon impact, including the seat containing 86-year-old Ted Stevens, the former longtime Republican United States senator from Alaska.

O'Keefe checked Stevens for a pulse, and found none.

I realized my friend had passed away," O'Keefe, still wearing a neck brace, told NBC's Ann Curry in an exclusive interview scheduled to air on NBC’s Dateline tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Neither the plane nor its veteran pilot, Terry Smith, had given any indication that the crash was imminent.

"There was no notice, no evasive maneuvers, no turbulence. nothing," said O'Keefe, who fractured his neck and broke his ankle in the crash. "It was just a very massive stop."

Appearing Friday on TODAY, O'Keefe, 54, described regaining consciousness after the crash and calling out for his teenage son. Kevin O'Keefe, 19, had been seated next to the pilot when the plane took off 15 minutes earlier from a lodge owned by a telecommunications company.

O'Keefe shouted Kevin's name, but his son did not answer; he was unconscious and had a broken leg and a fractured jaw. It would be 5 or 10 minutes before Kevin began asking, "Where are we?"

At that point O'Keefe felt "relief," he told TODAY's Matt Lauer, recalling that he promised his wife at the start of the trip that he would bring their son "back in one piece."

Although his own son was alive and is on the mend, O'Keefe said it was difficult giving the news to Bill Phillips' son Willy, just 13 years old, that his dad did not survive the crash.

"Where's my dad? Where's my dad?" Willy asked. He was the only survivor able to walk about the wreckage until rescuers arrived hours later

Willy is an incredibly courageous young man. He matured in an instant from this whole experience" O'Keefe said. "He recognized what was going on ... He realized our lives hung in the balance."

Thinking back about Stevens, Phillips, the pilot, and two other passengers who perished, O'Keefe told Lauer that it just have easily could have been him and Kevin.

"The degree of separation between survival and not was a fraction of what you ever imagined. It could have been anybody," O'Keefe said. "The randomness of this whole experience was such that any doubts you have about divine intervention go away."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Although the pilot's failure to file a flight plan for the short trip delayed the search and rescue effort, investigators have said that the injuries to those who died were so severe that the response time was probably not a factor.
Former Alaska senator buried at Arlington

2010-09-29 20:42:00 

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Dozens of his Senate colleagues were among the hundreds attending the burial rites on a hillside with a view of the State Department on the other side of the Potomac River.

A caisson led by six horses and followed by an eight-man honor guard escorted the body to the burial site, where a firing party fired three rifle volleys and four F-22 Raptors did a flyover as a bugler played "Taps."

Stevens was one of five people killed in an Aug. 9 plane crash in southwest Alaska. He was 86.

Stevens was a World War II veteran and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He went into public service before Alaska became a state in 1959 and was appointed to the Senate in December 1968.

Stevens lost his seat in the election of 2008, when he was convicted on corruption charges shortly before Election Day. A federal judge later threw out the verdict because of misconduct by federal prosecutors.

The Democrat who defeated Stevens in that election, Mark Begich, was among the mourners. Receiving the flag from Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, chief of staff of the Air Force, was Stevens' widow, Catherine Stevens.

During his four decades in the Senate Stevens headed the powerful Appropriations committee and attained the rank of president pro tempore, third in rank in succession to the president.

"Ted left exemplary footprints in the sands of time," Senate Chaplain Barry Black told the gathering. "I have not met anyone who loved his country more than Ted Stevens and I know I've not met anyone who loved Alaska more."

Late Monday the Senate approved legislation to name a mountain and part of an ice field after him.

What is now known as South Hunter Peak, a mountain located in Denali National Park and Preserve just south of Mount McKinley, will become Stevens Peak after the House passes the bill and the president signs it into law.

"The Senate will be thinking of Ted Stevens today," Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said in a speech on the Senate floor. His colleagues admired and even feared Stevens, McConnell said. "Alaskans loved him without any qualifications. To them he was just 'Uncle Ted.'"

Stevens was also honored at ceremonies in Alaska in August attended by Vice President Joe Biden, several dozen lawmakers and thousands of Alaskans.

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