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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Nasa News Today: NASA Schedules News Conference about Next Space Shuttle Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA managers will hold a news conference on Friday, March 26, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss the status of the next space shuttle launch. The briefing will begin after the Flight Readiness Review, a meeting to assess preparations for shuttle Discovery's STS-131 mission to the International Space Station.

Live status updates, including the start time for the news conference, will be provided during the meeting via the NASA News Twitter feed. To access the feed, go to the homepage or visit:

The review is expected to include the selection of an official launch date. Discovery is targeted to launch at 6:21 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 5.

The briefing participants are:
- Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations
- John Shannon, Space Shuttle Program manager
- Pete Nickolenko, STS-131 launch director

NASA Television and the agency's Web site will carry the live briefing. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations and should contact their preferred NASA center to confirm participation. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

For STS-131 crew and mission information, visit:

Nasa News Today: Flight Readiness Review Scheduled for Friday

Tuesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, engineers discussed data from tests performed last weekend on space shuttle Discovery's right reaction control system helium regulators. The decision was made to move forward with this Friday's agency-level Flight Readiness Review. At the conclusion of the review, managers will set the official launch date for the STS-131 mission, which is currently targeted for April 5.

Space Shuttle Mission: STS-131

STS-131 payload canister is raised into changeout room at the launch pad.
Image above: Discovery's STS-131 payload canister is raised into the launch pad's payload changeout room. Image credit: NASA/Troy Cryder
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› Meet the STS-131 Crew

Discovery and Crew Prepare for STS-131 Mission

Commander Alan Poindexter is set to lead the STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery. Joining Poindexter will be Pilot Jim Dutton and Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Discovery will carry a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks for the laboratories aboard the station. The mission has three planned spacewalks, with work to include replacing an ammonia tank assembly, retrieving a Japanese experiment from the station’s exterior, and switching out a rate gyro assembly on the S0 segment of the station’s truss structure.

STS-131 will be the 33rd shuttle mission to the station.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Current Bollywood News: Rs. 1 crore superhero suit for SRK!

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Shah Rukh Khan had to enter a chamber filled with hot molten latex to make his superhero suit for Ra.One. The cost? A cool Rs 1 crore

It’s probably the most expensive body suit in Bollywood history, but Shah Rukh Khan will remember it for entirely different reasons.

Shah Rukh, who plays a superhero in the Anubhav Sinha directed Ra.One, will be seen in the special body suit which was custom made for him in Los Angeles. The process involved in creating that suit was something the actor had never experienced before.

He was required to lower himself wearing just the bare essentials into a 12X3 chamber while a very warm liquid latex-like material was gradually released in it till it reached his neck. Then it was allowed to solidify. Once the mould was formed, it was slit from the side and slowly peeled off Shah Rukh. The whole painful process took one hour. The two sides were later joined together with a concealed zipper.

The mould was then taken for further modifications to form the final suit he’ll be seen wearing in the film.

“The suit is steel blue in colour and made of a special material like reinforced latex, meant to provide both flexibility and protection. It acts as a tough exoskeleton to minimise external injury while being flexible enough not to hamper body movement while performing stunts. But it didn’t come cheap - the suit, fitted with micro-computer circuitry required for the film, cost nearly Rs 1 crore,” says a source.

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