spaceProgram Update


Meet the Astronauts of NASA’s Atlantis STS-135 Mission

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Atlantis STS-135 Crew at the American Museum of Natural History, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m. EDT Live Online

Come celebrate the historic Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 mission, which marks the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, and welcome the mission’s four astronauts Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. At their first New York public appearance since completing the mission on July 21, the astronauts will speak briefly about their experiences and answer questions from children in the audience.

August 16, 2011 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Cullman Hall of the Universe, lower level

This event will be streamed live online. Viewers are invited to submit questions via Twitter by using hashtag #AstroAMNH.


NASA Television to Broadcast Cargo Ship Arrival at Space Station

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Oct. 14, 2009

Michael Curie 
Headquarters, Washington 

Kelly Humphries 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 



HOUSTON -- The residents of the International Space Station will 
receive a new shipment of food, fuel and supplies at 8:41 p.m. CDT on 
Saturday, Oct. 17. NASA Television's coverage of the ship's arrival 
at the station will begin at 8:15 p.m. 

The Russian ISS Progress 35 cargo ship, filled with more than two tons 
of supplies for the station, is set to launch from the Baikonur 
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 8:14 p.m. There 
will be no television coverage of the launch. 

Expedition 21 Commander Frank De Winne and Flight Engineers Jeff 
Williams, Nicole Stott, Roman Romanenko, Max Suraev and Bob Thirsk 
will observe the event from aboard the station as the unpiloted craft 
automatically docks to the station's Pirs Docking Compartment. 

For NASA Television streaming video, downlink and schedule 
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For more about the International Space Station, visit:


Atlantis is on the Move

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Wed, 14 Oct 2009 09:07:51 AM EDT

Space shuttle Atlantis began its move from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:38 a.m. EDT. The 3.4-mile journey of the crawler-transporter with the shuttle stacked on top is expected to take about six hours.

At NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the STS-129 astronauts are rehearsing orbit maneuvers today in the fixed base simulator.

The simulator mimics the dials and controls of the shuttle along with monitors that animate a view from outside the shuttle’s window. Johnson technicians program the simulator’s software to throw various problem situations at the crew to make sure they can cope with anything while in flight.

Meanwhile, the Space Shuttle Program’s Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, is scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21. The executive-level FRR with NASA managers to set an official launch date is planned for Oct. 29 and will be held at Kennedy.