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In Memoriam: Roger Ebert 1942-2013 American journalist, Film critic and Asian American Cinema Champion

Posted by Suzanne Kai - on Thursday, 04 April 2013

1942-2013 Roger Ebert Champion of Asian American Film Photo: RogerEbert.com
Roger Ebert 1942-2013 Photo: RogerEbert.comRoger Ebert lost his battle with cancer today. He will be greatly missed. Most famous for his film criticism, he was the first movie critic to win a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Since 1967, and up to just two days ago he wrote a column for the Chicago Sun-Times. He authored twenty books, and co-hosted several long-running syndicated television shows including Siskel and Ebert at the Movies.  I will remember Roger Ebert not only for his...

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Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Chi Lien Mountains

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 01 January 2005

Astroanut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Chi Lien Mountains: Just behind Ching Hai Hu lie the Chi Lien mountains. Behind this range is located the Chinese launch center, near Jiuquan. I have not yet found the launch site to photograph, but I know where it is now and will try in the future. This photo was taken with a 400mm lens, as one can see from the detail.

Just behind Ching Hai Hu lie the Chi Lien mountains. Behind this range is located the Chinese launch center, near Jiuquan. I have not yet found the launch site to photograph, but I know where it is now and will try in the future. This photo was taken with a 400mm lens, as one can see from the detail.

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.

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/

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-South Africa

Posted by AC Team on Wednesday, 29 December 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-South Africa: It was a beautiful day in South Africa and I used a 50mm lens to get a good overview of the area. This was another chance shot. I opened the cover and this was the view that filled the window! Days like this, where the weather is so clear, are few and far between.

It was a beautiful day in South Africa and I used a 50mm lens to get a good overview of the area. Days like this, where the weather is so clear, are few and far between. This was another chance shot. I opened the cover and this was the view that filled the window!

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.

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/

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Salamat Basin in Chad

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 28 December 2004

Astronaut Leroy Chiao's Space Blog-Salamat Basin in Chad: This is one of my favorite shots. I used a 400mm lens and caught this piece of the Salamat Basin in Chad. The different colors of the sand form an interesting contrast to the rock structures. The tops of the rock look as if they have been sanded down to the same height, while the sides are rough and jagged. There is something very appealing about this one.

This is one of my favorite shots. I used a 400mm lens and caught this piece of the Salamat Basin in Chad. The different colors of the sand form an interesting contrast to the rock structures. The tops of the rock look as if they have been sanded down to the same height, while the sides are rough and jagged. There is something very appealing about this one.

Our orbit does not currently take us over Southeast Asia during daylight, so I have not been able to observe or photograph the devastation. Sounds awful.

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.

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/

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...