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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's Space Blog-live on NASA TV on Dec. 29

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 26 December 2004

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, live on NASA TV, starting at 11:45 a.m. EST, Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov and I are hosting a press conference from the International Space Station.

Hi Lia

Thanks. We are glad the Progress made it on board.

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, live on NASA TV, starting at 11:45 a.m. EST, my crewmate Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov and I are hosting a press conference from the International Space Station.

We'll be unloading our shipment of supplies from the Russian Progress cargo spacecraft, which arrived Christmas night.

Since mid-October, we've been living on the Station conducting science experiments, maintaining operating systems and are prepping for spacewalks scheduled for January and March.

Tune into our news conference which will be telestreamed live on the Internet at: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

NASA TV is available via the Web and satellite in the continental U.S. on AMC-6, Transponder 9C, C-Band, at 72 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz. In Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV is available on AMC-7, Transponder 18C, C-Band, at 137 degrees west longitude. The frequency is 4060.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural at 6.80 MHz.

Corrientes, Argentina Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao's blog and all NASA updates at AsianConnections.com are monitored by AC Editor Lia Chang

Russian Progress arrives safely at ISS with much needed food supplies

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 25 December 2004

On Christmas Night, Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov welcome the arrival of the Russian Progress cargo spacecraft at the International Space Station.

The Progress, carrying approximately 5,000 pounds of cargo, includes food, fuel, spare equipment and Christmas gifts. Chiao and Sharipov have been aboard the Station since mid-October.

Santa's sleigh arrived at the International Space Station for Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov in the form of an unpiloted Russian cargo ship Christmas night, delivering 2.5 tons of food, fuel, oxygen, water, supplies and holiday gifts.

The ISS Progress 16 craft automatically docked to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 5:58 p.m. CST (2331 GMT) as the spaceship and the Station flew 225 statute miles over Central Asia. Within minutes, hooks and latches between the two ships engaged, forming a tight seal between the two vehicles.

As the Progress moved in for its linkup, Sharipov was at the controls of a manual docking system in Zvezda, ready to take over the Progress final approach. With the docking flawless, Chiao shot video and still photos of the Progress arrival.

Launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday, the Progress is loaded with 1,234 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air to help maintain the Stations atmosphere, 926 pounds of water and more than 2,700 pounds of spare parts, life support system components and experiment hardware. The manifest also includes 69 containers of food, about a 112-day supply.

On Sunday morning, they'll conduct leak checks at the hatch interface between the Progress and Zvezda. Shortly after noon CST (1800 GMT) on Sunday, they will open the Progress hatch and begin unloading their cargo.

Laptop computers, new spares for U.S. spacesuits and components for the arrival next year of the European Automated Transfer Vehicle cargo...

Santa's Sleigh on the way to the International Space Station

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 23 December 2004

Santa's Sleigh on the way to the International Space Station

Santa's sleigh, in the form of a Russian cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station.

The Progress spaceship launched at 4:19:31 p.m. CST from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, and less than 10 minutes later settled into orbit. The Station was flying over western Chile at an altitude of 225 statute miles at the time of lift off.

Engine firings are scheduled overnight to raise and refine the Progress' orbit and its path to the Station for an automated docking at 5:31 p.m. CST Dec. 25. It will dock to the aft port of the Station's Zvezda living quarters module.

The Progress is carrying 5,000 pounds of food, fuel, oxygen, water, spare parts and holiday presents to the crew. It's loaded with 1,234 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air, 926 pounds of water, and more than 2,700 pounds of spare parts, life support system components and experiment hardware. The manifest also includes about a 112-day supply of food in 69 containers to replenish the Station pantry. Other items on the Progress include new laptop computers, replacement parts for the U.S. spacesuits and additional components for the arrival next year of the European Automated Transfer Vehicle, another type of automated cargo craft.

The Progress spacecraft that had been at the Station since August was undocked yesterday by Russian flight controllers at 1:37 p.m. CST. Filled with discarded items, it was commanded to deorbit about four hours later and burned up in the Earth's atmosphere.

U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao's blog and all NASA updates at AsianConnections.com are monitored by AC Editor Lia Chang

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Mozambique

Posted by AC Team on Monday, 13 December 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-postcard of Mozambique

This shot of the coast of Mozambique was very surprising. The different colors of the mud and sand form very beautiful and interesting patterns. One can see how the local currents in the water shaped the sand bars. The African coast along this region contains many such islands.

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.

Information on the crew's activities aboard ISS, future launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is available on the Internet at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao's blog and all NASA updates at AsianConnections.com are monitored by AC Editor Lia Chang

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Corrientes, Argentina

Posted by AC Team on Sunday, 12 December 2004

This is a good example of what is possible using space-based astronaut photography.

This is a very striking photo. It was taken using a hand-held 800mm lens. With the longer lenses, one must develop the technique of matching the earth's rotation during the composition of the photo. We shoot at 1/500 s, aperture priority, but even so, one must compensate to prevent smearing of the image. Adequate lighting and atmospheric conditions are also factors. In this case, it all came together. You can see the sunglint on the river, which reveals very sharply, the flow and subsurface flow patterns of the water. The bridge is well-defined as are the individual streets of the city. This is a good example of what is possible using space-based astronaut photography.

Dec. 10, 2004 Blog Malaysia Patagonian Glaciers Bolivia

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

Information on the crew's activities aboard ISS, future launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on the Earth, is available on the Internet at:
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

U.S. Astronaut Leroy Chiao's blog and all NASA updates at AsianConnections.com are monitored by AC Editor Lia Chang