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Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Catching Up: Santana, Taj Mahal and a déjà vu ‘Blue Christmas’
By Ben Fong-Torres It’s short shrift time. I have a life that’s ripe (and slightly wrinkled) for blogs and tweeting; for facebooking and updating. I’m just no good at it. My last column here on AsianConnections was about the memorial in late July for my sister Shirley. My last posting on the authors’ site, Redroom, was about a radio promo tour I did (20 stops, all on the phone in my home office) for my Eagles book. On my own home page, the last thing was about hanging with...

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Astronaut Leroy Chiao shares 192-Day Space Station Mission Experience on Jun. 1

Posted by Lia Chang on Sunday, 29 May 2005

Relive the most recent International Space Station mission with astronaut Leroy Chiao, who returned to Earth last month, during a 7:30 p.m. June 1 presentation at Space Center Houston.

The free briefing in the Space Center Theater will include slides, a video presentation and a question-and-answer session. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Relive the most recent International Space Station mission with astronaut Leroy Chiao, who returned to Earth last month, during a 7:30 p.m. June 1 presentation at Space Center Houston.

The free briefing in the Space Center Theater will include slides, a video presentation and a question-and-answer session. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Throughout the six-month mission, Expedition 10 Commander and Space Station Science Officer Chiao kept busy in the Destiny Lab with various experiments that took advantage of the Station's microgravity environment. Research ranged from studying the effects of spaceflight on the human body and working to develop diagnostic telemedicine techniques to learning how simple soldering might be made a practical repair technique in zero-g.

In addition to scientific research, Expedition 10 Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov and Chiao conducted two spacewalks, the first of which was jam-packed with tasks. In only five-and-a-half hours, the two explorers installed a universal work platform, set up a European commercial experiment, relocated a Japanese materials exposure pallet, inspected vents for the environmental systems in the Zvezda module and installed a Russian experiment.

In late March the crewmembers made their second spacewalk, devoted largely to installing additional navigational and communications equipment needed for the upcoming first flight of the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle, which will expand the...

International Space Station Crew completes successful spacewalk

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 28 March 2005

International Space Station crew completes successful spacewalk

Venturing outside the International Space Station for the final time during their six month stay at the International Space Station, Expedition 10 Commander and NASA Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, clad in Russian Orlan spacesuits, left the Pirs Docking Compartment airlock at 1:25 a.m. EST and quickly set up tools and tethers for their excursion.

During the 4-hour, 30-minute spacewalk, the crewmembers installed communications equipment on the exterior of the Zvezda Service Module and Sharipov activated the Russian Nanosatellite for later deployment. The equipment installation tasks were preparations for the maiden docking of the European Space Agencys cargo carrier, the Automated Transfer Vehicle "Jules Verne," due to launch next year.

Leaving the station unmanned, the systems were either deactivated or put in autonomous operation for the duration of the spacewalk. Hatches were also closed between the U.S. and Russian segments of the complex in the unlikely event the crew would not have been able to return to the outpost.

Despite the recent loss of one of the three functioning Control Moment Gyroscopes because of a circuit breaker failure, the remaining two gyros maintained the Stations attitude without Russian thrusters until just before the end of the spacewalk. The Station drifted slightly without attitude control for less than 20 minutes. When Chiao and Sharipov reported they were a safe distance from Zvezda's thrusters, the jets were reactivated and attitude was quickly regained.

The two spacewalkers entered Pirs and closed the hatch at 5:55 a.m. EST to complete their spacewalk an hour ahead of schedule. After repressurizing Pirs, Chiao and Sharipov were scheduled to return to the Station, remove their spacesuits, reactivate the ISS systems and open the hatches to the U.S. segment.

It was the second spacewalk for...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao Space Blog-the Pyramids

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 26 March 2005

Here's a photo of the Pyramids that I shot today. Easier to see than the Great Wall! This is an 800mm shot. I had gotten one of the area early in the mission, using a 180mm. This was a fortuitous photo. Since it wasn't planned, I had to grab the first camera in sight. Unfortunately, this camera is an old one and was kind of dirty, hence the piece of debris that's visible!

Here's a photo of the Pyramids that I shot today. Easier to see than the Great Wall! This is an 800mm shot. I had gotten one of the area early in the mission, using a 180mm. This was a fortuitous photo. Since it wasn't planned, I had to grab the first camera in sight. Unfortunately, this camera is an old one and was kind of dirty, hence the piece of debris that's visible!

The Moon Capturing the feeling of spaceflight Progress 17 docks to International Space Station China/Russia Border Beijing A Walk in Space My Russian Orlan Suit Greece Egypt China Launch Complex Argentina Nepal/China Border Region Chi Lien Mountains South Africa Salamat Basin in Chad Mozambique Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy while in training at Star City, Russia.

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-the moon

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 04 March 2005

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-the moon

Hi Lia

How are you? I'm counting down the days. Just a little over 50 to go!

This shot of the moon was another accident. I happened to look out the window as the moon was setting behind the earth. I shot this with an 800mm lens. This turned out nicely, as it caught the true flavor of the flourescent blue shades of the earth limb in sunlight.

Capturing the feeling of spaceflight Progress 17 docks to International Space Station China/Russia Border Beijing A Walk in Space My Russian Orlan Suit Greece Egypt China Launch Complex Argentina Nepal/China Border Region Chi Lien Mountains South Africa Salamat Basin in Chad Mozambique Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy while in training at Star City, Russia.

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-capturing the feeling of spaceflight!

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 03 March 2005

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-capturing the feeling of spaceflight

We received a new Progress resupply ship last night. As it approached under 100 meters, I was able to capture it in perfect lighting, as it crossed the earth limb. Again, one can see the shades of flourescent blue as well as the detail of the ship. This shot captures the feeling of spaceflight!

Progress 17 docks to International Space Station China/Russia Border Beijing A Walk in Space My Russian Orlan Suit Greece Egypt China Launch Complex Argentina Nepal/China Border Region Chi Lien Mountains South Africa Salamat Basin in Chad Mozambique Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

Click here for AsianConnections' exclusive interview with Leroy while in training at Star City, Russia.