NASA TV to Broadcast Space Station Spacewalk Feb. 16

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NASA TV to Broadcast Space Station Spacewalk Feb. 16

HOUSTON — Two cosmonauts will control a six-hour spacewalk Thursday, Feb. 16, to continue outfitting a International Space Station. NASA Television will promote a spacewalk commencement during 7:45 a.m. CST.

Expedition 30 Russian Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov will pierce one of a dual Strela cranes from a Pirs advancing cell to start scheming for a deputy subsequent year with a new laboratory and advancing module. The 46-foot derrick will be relocated to a Poisk procedure for destiny public and upkeep work. The twin also will implement 5 waste shields on a Zvezda use procedure and, if time permits, a tiny examination on a brazen territory of a module, an examination representation container on Poisk and support struts on a Pirs ladder.

Both spacewalkers will wear Russian Orlan suits temperament blue stripes and versed with NASA helmet cameras. They will emerge from a Pirs airlock during about 8:15 a.m.

This spacewalk will be a 162nd in support of space hire public and maintenance. The final spacewalk occurred Aug. 3, 2011. For Kononenko, it will be his third spacewalk following dual in Jul 2008 during Expedition 17. His dual prior spacewalks lasted a sum of 12 hours and 12 minutes. It will be Shkaplerov’s initial spacewalk and a usually one scheduled during Expedition 30.

Because of a plcae of a activities, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin will be removed in their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft, that is trustworthy to a Poisk module, for a generation of a spacewalk. NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASA and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers will be giveaway to pierce about a U.S. shred of a complex. Their Soyuz TMA-03M is trustworthy to a Rassvet module.

For NASA TV streaming video, report and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For some-more information about a International Space Station and a crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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NASA Reaches Higher With Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request

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NASA Reaches Higher With Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request

WASHINGTON — NASA announced Monday a $17.7 billion bill ask for mercantile year 2013 ancillary an desirous module of space scrutiny that will build on new technologies and proven capabilities to enhance America’s strech into a solar system.

Despite a compelled mercantile environment, a NASA FY13 bill continues to exercise a space scholarship and scrutiny module concluded to by President Obama and a bipartisan infancy in Congress, laying a substructure for ground-breaking discoveries here on Earth and in low space, including new destinations, such as an asteroid and Mars by 2035.

“This bill in-sources jobs, creates capabilities here during home — and strengthens a workforce, all while opening a subsequent good section in American exploration,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. “And as we strech for new heights in space, we’re formulating new jobs right here on Earth, assisting to support an economy that’s built to last.”

The NASA bill includes $4 billion for space operations and $4 billion for scrutiny activities in a Human Exploration Operations goal directorate, including close-out of a Space Shuttle Program, and appropriation for a International Space Station, $4.9 billion for science, $669 million for space record and $552 million for aeronautics research.

“This bill puts us on march to try over into space than ever before, divulgence a different and fueling a nation’s economy for years to come,” Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. “We are committed to ensuring that a astronauts are once again launched from U.S. dirt on American-made spacecraft, and this bill provides a supports to make this a reality.”

The bill supports NASA’s continued work to rise a Space Launch System, a new heavy-lift rocket to lift astronauts to destinations such as an asteroid and Mars, and a Orion organisation plug in that they will travel. Included are resources for final credentials and production milestones for Orion’s 2014 Exploration Flight Test 1 and rough pattern reviews of vital Space Launch System elements.

NASA has prioritized appropriation for a partnership with a blurb space attention to promote organisation and load ride to a station. The $830 million for this work in a FY13 bill advances swell towards a colourful space attention that will emanate well-paying, high-tech jobs to a U.S. economy, and revoke America’s faith on unfamiliar systems.

The bill also enhances use of a International Space Station to urge life on Earth and assistance make a subsequent good leaps in systematic find and exploration.

NASA’s scholarship bill supports a offset portfolio of innovative scholarship missions that will strech over into a solar system, exhibit different aspects of a universe, and yield vicious information about a home planet. The group will continue to rise and control vicious tests on a James Webb Space Telescope heading to a designed launch in 2018. As a inheritor to Hubble Space Telescope, James Webb again will change a bargain of a universe. NASA also is building an integrated plan to safeguard a subsequent stairs for a robotic Mars Exploration Program will support scholarship as good as long-term tellurian scrutiny goals.

Space Technology work upheld in a bill will expostulate advances in new high-payoff space technologies such as laser communications and zero-gravity diesel transfer, seeding creation that will enhance a capabilities in a skies and in space, ancillary mercantile vitality, obscure a cost of other supervision and blurb space activities, and assisting to emanate new jobs and enhance opportunities for a learned workforce.

NASA supports a joining to enhancing aviation reserve and airspace efficiency, and shortening a environmental impact of aviation by assisting to accelerate a nation’s transition to a Next Generation Air Transportation System by investments in insubordinate concepts for atmosphere vehicles and atmosphere trade management.

“The 2013 bill moves us brazen into discernible doing of a tolerable and affordable scrutiny program,” NASA’s Chief Financial Officer Elizabeth Robinson said.

The NASA bill and ancillary information are accessible at:

http://www.nasa.gov/budget 

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Aurora Borealis Over a Midwest

Aurora Borealis Over a Midwest

In this picture taken on Jan. 25, 2012, a Aurora Borealis steals a stage in this night sketch shot from a International Space Station as a orbital outpost flew over a Midwest. The booster was above south executive Nebraska when a print was taken. The image, taken during an ambiguous angle, looks north to northeast.

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‘Janitor satellite’ to grab space junk

Swiss scientists said Wednesday they plan to launch a “janitor satellite” specially designed to get rid of orbiting debris known as space junk.

The $11-million satellite called CleanSpace One — the prototype for a family of such satellites — is being built by the Swiss Space Center at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Lausanne, or EPFL.

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