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Friday, July 31, 2009

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Ares Processing Update : Moon and Mars at Kennedy

The Constellation Program's Ares I-X rocket has transformed during the past few weeks for its targeted flight test in late August.



The four motor segments were stacked on the Mobile Launcher Platform and tested, in addition to tests on the vehicle's instruments.

The Super Stack 1 assembly is complete. Stack one is made up of eight pieces: interstages 1 and 2, the frustum, the forward skirt extension, the forward skirt and the aft, center and forward segments of the fifth segment simulator. It also includes two internal elements: the roll control system and the first stage avionics module.

The next processing milestones will include stacking of the upper stage, flight instrument testing and modifications to Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B. The vehicle stabilization system is being built at the base of the launch pad.

The Ares I-X flight test will provide NASA an early opportunity to check and prove hardware, analysis and modeling methods, as well as facilities and ground operations needed to develop the Ares I, which is NASA's next crew launch vehicle. The test also will allow NASA to gather critical data during the ascent of the integrated stack, which will help with the design of the Ares I rocket and the Orion crew exploration vehicle. The data will ensure the entire vehicle system is safe and fully operational before astronauts begin traveling to the International Space Station and moon.

Systems Tests -Shuttle Crew Completes Landing



The shuttle crew earlier this morning checked out two systems for tomorrow’s landing. The astronauts completed a test of the Reaction Control System steering thrusters that will help control Endeavour’s attitude and speed after the deorbit burn. During that test, one of the jets, F2F, failed. This will not be an issue for landing. The crew also tested the shuttle aerosurfaces and flight control system that will be used once the shuttle enters the atmosphere.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Field Testing For the Moon - Past and Present

"We Choose to Go to the Moon.”

When President Kennedy announced on Sept. 12, 1962, that the United States would go to the moon before the end of the decade, life and work at NASA changed in monumental ways.

By then, NASA had four manned spaceflights under its belt. A trip to the moon would leverage years of spaceflight knowledge, but traveling out of low Earth orbit, past Geosynchronous orbit to the moon, would demand increased launch and crew vehicle capabilities.



The 4-year-old space agency would need to simultaneously develop lunar surface systems – extravehicular space suits, tools, communication systems and lunar rovers. NASA would also have to train its astronauts to land on the moon, navigate the surface and gather samples – all while documenting each step as the world anxiously waited.

But how on Earth – literally – would NASA prepare its astronauts for the three-day, 250,000-mile trip and subsequent landing, exploration and extravehicular activities on the
lunar surface?


The answer was Geology Field Trips (GFTs). GFTs were conducted at remote locations that were chosen because geology, terrain or climate characteristics were similar to the moon’s surface. In 1963, NASA sent Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins on a preliminary GFT at Cinder Lake near Flagstaff, Arizona. The three former military pilots practiced sample collection with special tools and used state-of-the-art communication systems.

The GFTs continued until 1972 and included locations such as Hawaii, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, the Grand Canyon, Canada, Iceland and Panama. Each GFT had unique objectives, including rock formation identification, sample cultivation, survival training and communication techniques.

In 1969, just six years and ten months after President Kennedy’s monumental announcement, NASA sent three well-trained astronauts to the moon and returned them safely back to Earth.


“Embody a Sustainable Course of Long-term Exploration.”

In 2004, another historic presidential announcement declared that the United States would not only go back to the moon, but would also establish a sustained human presence there in preparation for further exploration into our solar system.

NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts once again began to evaluate vehicle architectures and surface systems that would enable this new goal to become a reality.

Apollo GFTs and lunar missions provided valuable data as NASA began preparation for the next generation of space exploration. New requirements and technological advances, however, demanded a new era of GFTs, called analog missions this time around.

Present-day analog missions are conducted to test long- and short-range mobility, advanced communication and relay systems, spacesuits, surface operations, and local resource power generation and storage.

Many of the same Apollo GFT locations are used for today’s analog missions. To date, analog locations include Florida, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington, Antarctica and Canada.

List of Current Analog Field Tests:

Advanced Navigation and Communication Submarine Field Tests
Key Largo, Florida

NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) Team has conducted 13 analogs at The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Aquarius Undersea Laboratory.



During these long-duration missions, NASA executes a range of undersea “moon walks” that provide astronauts with a realistic approximation of situations they will likely encounter on the moon. These simulations help astronauts understand how to execute daily operations in a simulated partial gravity environment.

Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, Canada
The Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP), conducted in British Columbia, Canada by the Canadian Space Agency in collaboration with NASA, is a multi-disciplinary science and exploration mission to explain the origin of freshwater microbialites. NASA conducts analog missions at Pavilion Lake because the extreme, remote location provides a challenging setting to test and develop research and exploration methods. Collecting microbialite samples will help improve techniques for future space exploration missions and scientific research on the lunar surface.

Habitat Evaluation
Antarctica

NASA completed a range of analog tests in Antarctica to evaluate the inflatable lunar habitat. The tests were conducted at McMurdo Station in the cold, isolated landscape of Antarctica to provide information about the structure’s power consumption and resilience. The analog also evaluated how easily a suited astronaut could assemble, pack and transport the habitat. If selected for future missions, the structure will reduce the amount of hardware and fuel necessary for transportation and logistics on the moon.

Surface Mobility Field Tests
Moses Lake, Washington – Phase 1
The sand dunes of Moses Lake provide a lunar-like environment of rugged terrain, soil inconsistencies, sandstorms and temperature swings. Here, NASA tested a newly enhanced extravehicular activity suit and the new line of robotic rovers: ATHLETE Rover, K10, Lunar Truck, Lance Blade and Lunar Manipulator.



Black Point Lava Flow, Arizona – Phase 2
The terrain and size of Black Point Lava Flow provide an environment geologically similar to the lunar surface. It is here that NASA first introduced the Lunar Electric Rover, a conceptual vehicle with an extended range and the capability to travel rugged planetary terrain. The Black Point landscape enables the rover to undertake sorties (short field excursions) with ranges that extend greater than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). The sorties tests include a 3-day exploration mission.



In-situ Resource Utilization
Hawaii

The volcanic terrain, rock distribution and soil composition of the Hawaiian islands provide an ideal simulated environment to identify a process to harness local (in-situ) resources for use in human and robotic exploration. The demonstrations help reduce risk to lunar missions by demonstrating technologies for end-to-end oxygen extraction and separation from the volcanic material, oxygen storage, and other technologies that could be used to look for water or ice at the lunar poles.



Haughton Mars Project: Extravehicular Activity Traverses, Long-term High-data Communication, Complex Robotic Interaction, and Onboard Rover and Suit Engineering.

Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada
The rocky arctic desert setting, geological features and biological attributes of the Haughton Crater, one of Canada’s uninhabited treasures, provides NASA with an optimal setting to assess requirements for possible future robotic and human missions to Mars.

During the Haughton Mars Project, scientists, engineers and astronauts perform multiple representative lunar science and exploration surface activities using existing field infrastructure and surface assets.



To learn more about current analog field tests, visit www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs.

Atlanta Braves - Visit Robert Shane Kimbrough

NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough had two dreams growing up as a child; to be an astronaut and to play baseball. He grew up in the small town of Smyrna, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. Recently Kimbrough’s two passions came together while making a special appearance in his native Georgia. He spoke to the people of Atlanta about being an astronaut and was given the opportunity to participate in pregame activities for an Atlanta Braves’ game.



Kimbrough’s appearance in Atlanta marked the second stop of NASA’s Hometown Hero 2009 campaign. He is one of several astronauts returning to their home regions to spread knowledge about the importance of continuing space exploration. At each stop, the astronauts participate in pregame activities at a Major League Baseball game and do community outreach about NASA, the International Space Station, and why space exploration is so vital to the nation.



Kimbrough started his trip with an event-filled afternoon at the Fernbank Science Center. Sporting his blue flight suit, he did media interviews and presented his post-flight presentation to a group of aviation camp kids and the public. Kimbrough talked about the importance of education and raising the next generation’s interest in science and space exploration. The evening wrapped up with a free planetarium show for all who attended.



“It was a pleasure to host Lt. Col. Kimbrough at the Fernbank Science Center,” said Fernbank Science Center Director Doug Hrabe. “The groups were very appreciative of the time that he shared with them.”

The trip continued early next morning with three live interviews. Kimbrough stopped by WXIA-TV to talk with Karyn Greer about his recent mission, STS-126, and his time onboard the space station, where he performed two space walks. Kimbrough also had a radio interview with Kevin and Taylor in the Morning from 104.7 “The Fish.” He discussed the 10-year anniversary of the space station and how there are significant benefits derived from research conducted in space.

“All the things we do up there are to help people on Earth,” Kimbrough said. “We don’t do it for our sake or NASA’s sake—it’s to go up there and figure out how to live better on Earth.”

His last stop of the morning was at WAGA-TV. Kimbrough visited with Suchita Vadlamani. He recounted his days of growing up in Georgia and why he really became an astronaut.

“What first sparked your imagination and inspired you to be an astronaut?” Vadlamani asked.

“People my age were watching men walk on the moon, and that’s really what sparked the whole thing,” Kimbrough said.

After the early morning interviews, Kimbrough headed to Georgia Tech, where he made a post-flight presentation and signed autographs for students and summer campers. Kimbrough received a Master of Science degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998, so his visit was somewhat of a welcome home party.

Kimbrough ended his two-day trip with a major strike! He participated in numerous pregame activities at the Atlanta Braves versus Boston Red Sox game. He presented the general manager with a special photo taken from the space station. Later, Kimbrough and his son Zack also gave the “Play ball” call to start the game. But his journey didn’t end there. He signed several autographs and gave a live interview in the Braves’ plaza.

In the end, Kimbrough enjoyed his Hometown Heroes trip and thought the diversity of his events helped educate people about NASA and its goals.

“I had a chance to speak to kids, college students, the public and athletes, which is a very broad spectrum of folks,” Kimbrough said. “I think we did a lot of good for NASA overall.”

For more information about the NASA Hometown Heroes 2009 campaign, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In Mumbai - Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty launches own spa

With the wellness industry burgeoning in India, Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty joined the bandwagon and launched her own medi spa in Mumbai.



Shilpa roped in evergreen Bollywood diva and yesteryear's actress Rekha to launch her medi spa 'IOSIS' whom she believes is the epitome of "timeless beauty and wellness".

The medi spa is the joint venture of Entrepreneur in the Beauty and Wellness industry, Kiran Bawa and Shilpa.

Shilpa feels that the wellness and beauty industry is growing and her idea behind the medi spa is to help people rediscover them.

"I think the wellness industry is growing day-by-day. Beauty today is a business. I think its every woman's and every man's right to look good. I feel that in today's fast paced life, people hardly find time to spend on their beauty and looks. Our idea behind opening IOSIS is that obviously people cannot do the treatments at home so we want them to spend some time with us and rediscover themselves," said Shilpa.

Besides Rekha, Shilpa's friends from Bollywood industry, Pooja Batra and Sushmita Sen were also present during the occasion.

The growing demand for wellness therapies, beauty and health care products, fitness, slimming and rejuvenation programmes and cosmetic surgeries among women as well as men in India has prompted several small and mid-sized companies to enter this mushrooming market.

The sector is also drawing the interest of a number of investment firms.

The firms are looking to make huge investments in innovative projects in the sector in order to get rich dividends in the future.

Twenty20 role - Afridi handed

Pakistan's Cricket Board has appointed Shahid Afridi as the captain of their Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka on August 12.



The 29-year-old takes over from Younis Khan after the ICC World Twenty20-winner recently retired from the 20-over game due to the physical demands.

It will be the first time Afridi has captained the national team in any format after making his debut 13 years ago.

Afridi played a vital role in Pakistan's success at Lords, hitting an unbeaten 54 off 52 balls as his side beat Sri Lanka in the final.

The all-rounder has featured in 23 Twenty20 internationals, notching up 371 runs at an average of 19.52, as well as claiming 33 dismissals at 15.57.

Afridi's first Twenty20 match will be against Sri Lanka following a five-match one-day series starting on July 30.

F1 governing body - BMW exit no surprise

Formula One's governing body expressed regret but no surprise at BMW's startling exit from the sport Wednesday and hoped cost-cutting measures would prevent more departures.



The Formula One Teams Association (FOTA), which groups the four other manufacturers in the sport, said they were prepared to help their former rivals survive under new ownership.
Toyota, whose future has been the source of much speculation after Honda pulled out in December, said they remained committed.

"It has been clear for some time that motorsport cannot ignore the world economic crisis," the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement after BMW announced they would pull out at the end of 2009 as a team and engine supplier.

"Car manufacturers cannot be expected to continue to pour large sums of money into Formula One when their survival depends on redundancies, plant closures and the support of the taxpayer," it added.

COMPROMISE, HARMONY

The FIA said BMW's departure might have been avoided had some teams not put up resistance to regulations aimed at dramatic cutting costs.

"Nevertheless, as a result of a sustained cost-cutting campaign by the FIA, new measures are in the process of being agreed which should make it easier for new teams to enter and enable existing ones to participate on much reduced budgets," said the governing body.

"It is no secret that these measures do not go as far as the FIA would have liked but a compromise was needed in the interests of harmony in the sport.

"Hopefully it will be enough to prevent further withdrawals and provide a solid foundation for Formula One."

BMW's exit came just as the teams, FIA and the commercial rights holders were preparing to sign a new 'Concorde' agreement binding them to the sport until at least the end of 2012.
The carmaker's decision followed Honda, who quit for financial reasons. Their team was resurrected as Brawn GP, now leading the championship with Mercedes engines.

Ferrari-led FOTA, who had threatened a breakaway series in a standoff over the 2010 regulations, said they would do what they could to help BMW's team live on.

"FOTA teams have immediately consulted each other and are ready to assure all
the necessary support to the Swiss-based team, whose membership in the association is confirmed, to continue its involvement (in Formula 1)," said FOTA secretary-general Simone Perillo.

A spokesman from Toyota Motor Corporation said their situation remained unchanged: "Through cost reduction we will continue our Formula One activities."

New Business Advice Site - Michael Milken’s

As Forbes, Fortune, Business Week and other management magazines wither away, another business media start-up with an unusual pedigree is moving to fill the void.



Bizmore, which goes live on Wednesday, aims to be a sort of Yahoo Answers for executives at small and medium-sized companies. Users pose business questions — such as “Is search engine optimization right for you?” or “”How do I increase online sales?” — and others weigh in with answers and vote the best responses to the top. (You can get a quick taste of Bizmore’s advice on its Twitter feed.)

Bizmore will round out that user-generated content with contributions from freelance writers on evergreen topics such as how chief executives should plan their succession strategies. It has also secured the (unpaid) contributions of management gurus such as Jeffrey Pfeffer, a Stanford University business school professor ,who hope to sell a few more books in the process of answering questions like “What is the single biggest and costliest mistake you have seen execs and CEOs make time and again?”

The ideas behind Bizmore are not new, of course. Other companies, including LinkedIn and The Wall Street Journal, offer similar Q&A features.

What’s most interesting about the San Francisco start-up is its backer: financier Michael R. Milken.

The company is a subsidiary of Vistage International, an executive coaching and networking organization with about 15,000 members who pay $13,000 a year to attend meetings, hobnob with fellow execs and get one-on-one leadership counseling.

Vistage, based in San Diego, is partly owned by Mr. Milken, the philanthropist and former junk bond king. Mr. Milken sits on Vistage’s board and was instrumental in the founding and funding of Bizmore, the companies say. (So far, Vistage has committed about $10 million in seed funding.)

Raphael Pastor, chief executive of Vistage and a former executive vice president at News Corp., said Bizmore’s opportunity is to provide “instantaneous information that is very tailored to a specific question or need, which some of those old media organizations couldn’t do even when they were at their height.”

The start-up, based in San Francisco is being run by Alice Hill, the former editorial director of CNet Networks, and Jeffrey Davis, a former senior editor at Time Warner’s now defunct Business 2.0 magazine who ran BNet, a business advice site owned by CNet. The site currently runs ads from Google but plans to expand its ad inventory and also at some point charge for setting up private networks for companies, affinity groups and organizations like Vistage itself.

JTekt $330 Million - Timken to Sell Bearings Business

Timken Co. (TKR) will sell its needle roller bearings business to Japan's JTekt Corp. (6473.TO) for about $330 million.



The company had said Monday it was in talks about a potential sale of the business, which comes during a time of reorganization in the auto-parts sector due to weak demand. The Nikkei's Sunday edition reported JTekt would by the operations for about $316.6 million.

Timken has seen the bearings business, which makes up about 20% of its total revenue, suffer as orders for bearings and specialty steel fall. It has been cutting jobs and production to match slowing demand and said it might not make money this year.

Chief Executive James Griffith said Wednesday the deal was "a major step forward" in the company's strategy to focus on sectors with strong markets.

Timken, which has been suffering from an industrywide slump in steel demand among its key buyers in the automotive, construction and industrial-equipment sectors, said it will use proceeds from the sale for increased liquidity and general corporate purposes. It said it expects the deal to close by the end of the year.

Timken bought the bearings business as part of its buy of Ingersoll-Rand Co.'s (IR) bearings and motion-control components unit in 2003.

Shares closed Tuesday at $20.26 and haven't traded premarket.

Payload Readied - STS-128



In the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a crane lowers the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo toward the payload canister.

STS-127 Mission-Flight Day 8 Third Spacewalk



With Earth below, astronaut Christopher Cassidy participates in the third spacewalk of the STS-127 mission. This was the first of Cassidy's three scheduled spacewalks during the 16-day mission.

Monday, July 27, 2009

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