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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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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

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog

Posted by AC Team on Friday, 10 December 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog

Hi Lia,

Wow, great!! Congratulations on the play, that is so cool!

A few days after arriving on the International Space Station, I decided to have some Chinese food. I had spent the last two months in Russia without Asian food. And, after 2-1/2 days in the Soyuz, eating cold, canned rations and a week of adjusting to life on the station and kicking the last crew out the door, I finally had time to prepare a proper meal. This is sweet and sour pork, over pre-cooked rice. On the ground it would have tased pretty mediocre. But, I had gotten to the point where food with any Asian hint to it at all tastes great!

Leroy

Excerpts of NASA'S Report about the International Space Station
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 16:13:11 -0600
Report #66
4 p.m. CST, Friday, Dec. 10, 2004
Mission Control Center, Houston

International Space Station crewmembers this week continued research and maintenance activities and prepared for arrival of the next Progress cargo craft.

On Wednesday, Station managers reviewed preparations for the upcoming launch of the unpiloted Russian ISS Progress 16 resupply ship from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They confirmed that work is progressing well for the scheduled liftoff at 4:19 p.m. CST Dec. 23.

The spacecraft will bring 2 tons of food, fuel, clothing and other supplies to the complex. Almost 70 food containers have been added to the crafts manifest to replenish onboard supplies. Progress 16 is scheduled to arrive at the Station at about 6:05 p.m. CST Christmas night. Along with food, water, spare parts, science gear and equipment, the craft will carry Christmas gifts and other personal items for Commander and NASA ISS Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov.

ISS Progress 15, currently attached to the Station, will be undocked from the rear of the Zvezda Service Module at 1:32 p.m. CST Dec. 22,...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Malaysia

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 02 December 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog- postcard of Malaysia

This is the town of Lutong (left) and the Baram river on the border of Malaysia (below the river) and Brunei. The mud from the Batam flows into the ocean and acts as a dye, revealing the currents and flow patterns. Note how the mud diffuses gradually on the left side, but that there is a well-defined boundary on the right side.

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