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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kansas Students: Connect With International Space Station Crew For Out Of This World Conversation

WASHINGTON -- Astronauts orbiting 220 miles above Earth will discuss science and living in space with students from Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet School in Wichita, Kan., on Tuesday, March 2.

The call between the students and International Space Station Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi will take place from 10:35 to 10:55 a.m. CST. The event will be held at Exploration Place in Wichita. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Susan Arensman of Wichita Public Schools at 316-973-4582.

NASA has a number of employees who work in the station's mission operations who are from Wichita or attended Wichita State University. Journalists interested in speaking with these employees should contact Kelly Humphries at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at 281-483-5111.

Mueller students prepared for the downlink by hosting an Aviation Day during which students had the opportunity to fly in a plane. An Engineering Extravaganza showcased student projects that use the engineering design process. Students also participated in an "Ask an Astronaut" contest where the community voted on the top student questions. Wichita State University College of Education students have been presenting lessons to the students and will continue that partnership after the downlink.

The event is part of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, a NASA project that uses the unique environment of human spaceflight to promote learning opportunities and build partnerships with the kindergarten through 12th grade education community.

NASA Television will air video from the space station during the event. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For information about NASA's education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education

For information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

NASA's Space Shuttle: Program Successfully Conducts Final Motor Test in Utah

Final test firing of a reusable solid rocket motor Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah.

Final test firing of reusable solid rocket motor FSM-17 on Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah. Image Credit: NASA

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Final test firing of a reusable solid rocket motor Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah.

Smoke curls into the Utah skies as FSM-17 completes its successful test firing. Image Credit: NASA

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Flight Support Motor 17, the final solid rocket ground test motor of the Space Shuttle program.

Flight Support Motor-17, the final solid rocket ground test motor of the Space Shuttle program. Image Credit: ATK

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Mist surrounds the FM-17 solid rocket motor prior to a successful test on Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah.

Mist surrounds Flight Support Motor-17 prior to a successful test on Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah. Image Credit: NASA

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NASA's Space Shuttle Program conducted the final test firing of a reusable solid rocket motor Feb. 25 in Promontory, Utah.

The flight support motor, or FSM-17, burned for approximately 123 seconds -- the same time each reusable solid rocket motor burns during an actual space shuttle launch. Preliminary indications show all test objectives were met. After final test data are analyzed, results for each objective will be published in a NASA report.

ATK Launch Systems, a unit of Alliant Techsystems Inc., in Promontory, north of Salt Lake City, manufactures and tests the solid rocket motors.

The test -- the 52nd conducted for NASA by ATK – marks the closure of a test program that has spanned more than three decades. The first test was in July 1977. The ATK-built motors have successfully launched the space shuttle into orbit 129 times.

"Today's test was a great deal more than the successful conclusion to a series of highly successful NASA/ATK-sponsored static tests that began more than three decades ago," said David Beaman, Reusable Solid Rocket Booster project manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The project, part of the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office, is responsible for motor design, development, manufacturing, assembly, testing and flight performance.

"These tests have built a base of engineering knowledge that continued engineering development of the reusable solid rocket motor system and the continued safe and successful launch of space shuttles," Beaman said. "They have provided an engineering model and lessons learned for additional applications in future launch systems."

The final test was conducted to ensure the safe flight of the four remaining space shuttle missions. A total of 43 design objectives were measured through 258 instrument channels during the two-minute static firing. The flight motor tested represents motors that will be used for all remaining space shuttle launches.

The space shuttle's reusable solid rocket motor is the largest solid rocket motor ever flown, the only one rated for human flight and the first designed for reuse. Each shuttle launch requires the boost of two reusable solid rocket motors to lift the 4.5-million-pound shuttle vehicle.

During space shuttle flights, solid rocket motors provide 80 percent of the thrust during the first two minutes of flight. Each motor, the primary component of the shuttle's twin solid rocket boosters, generates an average thrust of 2.6 million pounds and is just over 126 feet long and 12 feet in diameter.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar Create: History in “One-day International Cricket”



Having slipped to 103 for six in the fifteenth over, A. B. de Villiers made an unbeaten 114 but South Africa, who lost the first match of the three-game series by single run on Sunday, were dismissed for 248 in the 43rd over.

Is it possible that after 20 years in international cricket, Tendulkar, the darling of Mumbai and scorer of more than 30,000 runs for India, is just getting the hang of the game? Since entering his third decade at the top in November, Tendulkar has a batting average of more than 90 from 13 international matches.

His purple patch includes five Test hundreds in the past nine innings and 96 not out in a one-day match against Sri Lanka. The 36-year-old batsman also made 175 against Australia in early November, ten days before the twentieth anniversary of his India debut, but that is merely the third highest of his one-day hundreds. In 1999 he made 189 not out against New Zealand.

South Africa could have felt confident after four overs yesterday, having dismissed Virender Sehwag for nine. It was the first of two wickets for Wayne Parnell, but the 20-year-old fast bowler’s figures were ruined by Tendulkar, who took 46 off 24 of his balls, to leave him nursing a return of two for 95 in ten overs.

Tendulkar had nine fours in his first fifty, which came off 37 balls, and needed 53 more balls to get to 100, before taking advantage of the tiring bowlers’ waywardness.

He added 194 for the second wicket with Dinesh Karthik, who made 79, and 101 in nine overs with Dhoni, who reached 68 off 35 balls. By hitting two of the last three balls for four, Dhoni took India past 400, the ninth-highest total by any country. South Africa had made 438 batting second to beat Australia four years ago, but once the in-form Amla became the third wicket to fall in the first eight overs, the chase was never on.

Tendulkar, who dedicated his innings to “all the people of India who stood with me for the last 20 years” said that he only felt in with a chance of getting the record when he had reached 175 and realised there were still eight overs left. “I thought I was stroking the ball well,” he said. “The ball was coming nicely on to the bat. Every over a big shot was being played and was being played consistently.”

Tendulkar has 93 hundreds in international cricket and while Ricky Ponting, the Australia captain, is only eight behind his 47 Test centuries, the aggregate will surely never be caught. Reaching 100 international hundreds is a realistic goal for Tendulkar, as well as making a first Test triple-hundred — his best, somewhat surprisingly, is only 248 — and winning the World Cup for India next year.

That would not be enough for Sunil Gavaskar, the former India captain. “He should aim for more,” Gavaskar said. “Maybe a Test innings of 450 or an ODI knock of 250. There is a little boy in Tendulkar who wants to keep playing. That spirit keeps him going.”

While Tendulkar has set a benchmark in international cricket, his innings was only the tenth highest in List A cricket. Alistair Brown, the Nottinghamshire and Surrey batsman, leads the way with 268 against Glamorgan at the Oval in 2002 and also made 203 against Hampshire in 1997.