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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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Celebrating the Year of the Rooster in Space

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 11 February 2005

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster in Space with Expedition 10 commander Leroy Chiao and flight engineer Salizhan Sharipov.

Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov delivered a special message in honor of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrated Tuesday. The all-Asian crewmembers of the International Space Station commemorated a New Year as they passed their four-month mark in space. The message included greetings in Russian and Mandarin, which Chiao speaks fluently.

Chiao and Sharipov began the workweek with a checkout of the onboard defibrillator as well as continued preparation and packing of items to be transferred to Space Shuttle Discovery's Multipurpose Logistics Module during the Shuttle Return to Flight mission scheduled for May or June. The preparations included several hours early in the week with stowage and audit activities of spacesuit equipment in the Quest Airlock, including inventory of tool and maintenance kits.

Other technical tasks completed during the week included installation of a Navigation Receiving Module in the Russian segment for Station attitude determination. Chiao continued work in the Quest, regenerating two Metal Oxide or METOX canisters for use in U.S. spacesuits. Those canisters scrub air exhaled into the spacesuit system of carbon dioxide and recharge the oxygen.

The crew also deactivated the Russian Elektron oxygen generation system Wednesday. The planned deactivation allows the use of oxygen from the docked ISS Progress 16 cargo vehicle. It also reduces Progress to the weight necessary for its undocking scheduled for Feb. 27. Two repressurizations are planned. The first repress, of about 10mmHg, is scheduled for Feb. 15, and the second, about 15mmHg, for Feb. 25. The Elektron is scheduled to be reactivated in early March.

Along with their technical tasks and maintenance activities, the crewmembers supported nearly 14 hours of science and...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-A Walk in Space

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 27 January 2005

Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and flight engineer Salizhan Sharipov take a walk in space outside of the International Space Station.

Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov ventured outside the International Space Station today for a 5-hour, 28-minute spacewalk to install a work platform, cables and robotic and scientific experiments on the exterior of the Zvezda Service Module.

Dressed in Russian Orlan spacesuits, they left the Pirs Docking Compartment airlock at 1:43 a.m. CST and set up tools and tethers for their excursion. With no one left inside, Station 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.

The first order of business was the installation of a Universal Work Platform at the forward end of the large conical section of Zvezda. Atop the platform they mounted a German commercial experiment called Rokviss (Robotics Component Verification on ISS).

The Rokviss consists of a small double-jointed manipulator arm, an illumination system and a power supply. An antenna for the robotic device to receive commands was also installed by Chiao and Sharipov along with cabling.

The system, designed to be commanded by operators on the ground in Germany, can also be operated by the crew from a workstation inside Zvezda. Rokviss will test the ability of lightweight robotic joints to operate in the vacuum of space for future assembly work or satellite repair and servicing.

Chiao and Sharipov moved a Japanese commercial experiment from one bracket on the outside of Zvezda to an adjacent bracket. The experiment, first deployed on Station by the Expedition 3 crew in October 2001, resembles an open attach case and is designed to collect data on micrometeoroid impacts and the effect...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-in the Russian Orlan Suit

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 25 January 2005

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-in the Russian Orlan Suit

Hi Lia,

We will install two experiment packages and associated cabling. One is a European robotics experiment called "Rokviss" and the second is a biological exposure experiment, called "Biorisk."

Big difference between the suits is the operating pressure and the soft goods. Because of these factors, the Russian suit is less flexible and takes more effort to move the joints and fingers. However, their tasks are designed to be less intense than US tasks, so it should be fine.

More after the EVA!

Leroy

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Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Rion-Antirion Bridge in Greece

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 25 January 2005

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Greece: I had read about the Rion-Antirion bridge in Greece, which was recently completed. By some definitions, it is the worlds largest suspension bridge. I had first noticed it at night, each of the pylons was glowing blue as we flew over. I managed a photo some time later, using a 180mm lens, but I
wanted to see the details using an 800mm. Finally, the weather, our orbital track and the daylight cycle came together and I was able to get this shot. The detail is striking. One can see the suspension cables on the bridge.

I had read about the Rion-Antirion bridge in Greece, which was recently completed. By some definitions, it is the worlds largest suspension bridge. I had first noticed it at night, each of the pylons was glowing blue as we flew over. I managed a photo some time later, using a 180mm lens, but I wanted to see the details using an 800mm. Finally, the weather, our orbital track and the daylight cycle came together and I was able to get this shot. The detail is striking. One can see the suspension cables on the bridge.

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-Egypt

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 24 January 2005

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Egypt: As we were flying over Egypt, I saw that we were in a good alignment with the sun to capture sunglint photos. This technique is very useful for highlighting areas on land with standing water and for observing wave patterns that propagate below the surface of open water (called internal waves). In this case, the sunglint provided a very beautiful portrait. The lake appears as if filled with mercury.

As we were flying over Egypt, I saw that we were in a good alignment with the sun to capture sunglint photos. This technique is very useful for highlighting areas on land with standing water and for observing wave patterns that propagate below the surface of open water (called internal waves). In this case, the sunglint provided a very beautiful portrait. The lake appears as if filled with mercury.

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.