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Discovery Docks with the ISS

by on Jun.02, 2008, under Near Earth, Newsflash

From NASA

Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station at 1803 GMT, setting the stage for an ambitious joint mission that includes the installation of Kibo’s Japanese Pressurized Module and robotic arm system, three spacewalks, and the rotation of space station crew members.

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Discovery in Orbit

by on May.31, 2008, under Near Earth, Newsflash

Space shuttle Discovery rocketed into space safely this evening to begin a 14-day mission to attach a new scientific module to the International Space Station. Launch came at 5:02 p.m. EDT from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and set Discovery on a trajectory to intercept the space station in two days.

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Discovery Launches for the ISS

by on May.31, 2008, under Near Earth

The space shuttle Discovery launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 5:02 p.m. EDT Saturday, May 31. It will deliver the second component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAEA) Kibo laboratory.

It will also deliver a new pump for the International Space Station’s (ISS) toilet. For the last week, the ISS crew has been flushing manually, a two person, 10-minute job.

Discovery Launches

NASA TV

The crew of mission STS-124 consists of Commander Mark Kelly; Pilot Ken Ham; Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum and Greg Chamitoff; JAEA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide; and Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear.

Garan and Fossum will conduct three, 6.5-hour spacewalks during the 14-day mission. They will primarily be setting up Kibo laboratory.

Chamitoff will remain on the ISS for six months, replacing Garrett Reisman, who has lived on the ISS since mid-March.

Lightyear, a 12in tall toy made famous in the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, is visiting the ISS as part of an educational program.

Discovery is scheduled to dock with the ISS on Monday.

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