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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

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

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Patagonian Glaciers

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 18 November 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog- postcard of the Patagonian Glaciers

This is one of my favorite shots. We generally think of South America as very warm, but in fact, the southern area is very close to the Antarctic continent. Icebergs can frequently be observed in the area and there many glaciers can be seen. This photo shows glacial feeds flowing into a lake in southern Chile. The conditions were exceptionally clear, allowing good definition of the mountain and glacier features.

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

Peter Bhatia, Connie Chung, Ken Kashiwahara, Dith Pran and Helen Thomas Honored by Asian American Journalists Association

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 18 November 2004

Pioneers in Journalism Peter Bhatia, Connie Chung, Ken Kashiwahara, Dith Pran and Helen Thomas honored by Asian American Journalists Association in New York.

Some of the best-known Asian American journalists were among those at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York last night to celebrate as the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) officially launched its $2 million endowment campaign, with more than $581,699.55 in charter gifts.

Proceeds from the gala event and additional live pledges are expected to generate an additional $50,000 for the endowment.

"We are thrilled to see this kind of enthusiasm from media companies, corporations and individuals," said AAJA national president Mae Cheng, who is also assistant city editor at Newsday. "It demonstrates the wide community support for diversity in the news media. We are also pleased to have some of the most esteemed members of our industry join us at this event."

AAJA presented five veteran journalists with "Pioneers in Journalism" awards at the event:

*Peter Bhatia, executive editor of The Oregonian, the country's highest-ranking newspaper editor of Asian American ethnicity and past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors;
*Connie Chung (unable to attend), three-time Emmy Award winning broadcaster who was only the second woman, after Barbara Walters, to co-anchor an evening news program;
*Ken Kashiwahara, two-time Emmy Award winning broadcaster who was the first male Asian American correspondent on network news;
*Dith Pran, a photojournalist with The New York Times who was a Cambodian Holocaust survivor and the subject of the Academy Award winning film, The Killing Fields; and
*Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers columnist, widely regarded as the dean of the Washington press corps who served as White House bureau chief for United Press International for 26 years.

The event was the first in a series of Silver Anniversary Galas to be...

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 13 November 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog

Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao this week extended his reach beyond the confines of the pressurized compartments of the International Space Station as he and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov near the one month mark in space since launch Oct. 14.

As is the case with every Station crew, practice sessions with the stations 58-foot robotic arm Canadarm2 are scheduled early in the increment to exercise the arm and provide practical training for astronauts. Monday, Chiao, in the Destiny Laboratory, used the arm to provide engineers in the Mission Evaluation Room of Mission Control video of a protective panel on the outside the module. A possible indentation was seen there in imagery from the most recent Space Shuttle mission to the Station in November 2002 (STS-113/11A).

Chiao positioned the arm so that cameras could zoom in on the area. The video helped engineers determine that the indentation was not caused by a micrometeoroid or debris strike. The flat spot on the lab shield appeared to be similar to flattened areas seen in shields on the Unity module.

Engineering analysis of the imagery showed these flat spots can occur on the forward and aft triangles of the shields possibly as the result of temperature changes. The shields' protective function and fit is not affected.

Earlier today, Chiao again took command of the robot arm and moved it into position to allow its cameras to view the relocation of the crew's Soyuz spacecraft, a maneuver scheduled for Nov. 29. The crew will fly the Soyuz from the Pirs Docking Compartment to a docking port on the Zarya Control Module. The move will clear the Pirs module for two Russian spacewalks in 2005.

While the crew continued routine housekeeping and exercise chores, scientific research work continued as well. The focus of attention this week was the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT), which investigates long-term behavior of particles...