SHUTTLE PROCESSING REPORT: S04-033

The Space Shuttle fleet is housed and processed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. The order the Space Shuttles are listed in this report does not necessarily reflect the chronological order of future missions.

Discovery (OV-103)

Processing continues in the Orbiter Processing Facility for Discovery’s Return to Flight mission. Throughout the week, significant progress was made on orbiter system testing. Technicians continue to bond the new wing leading edge sensors on the interior of the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) panels. Optics tests continue, with the alignment of the Manipulator Positioning Mechanisms, in preparation for the Remote Manipulator System (Space Shuttle arm) installation.
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GREETING FROM SPACE HIGHLIGHT AMSAT-NA GATHERING

A congratulatory greeting http://www.ericsatcom.net/NN1SS%201st.wav via ham radio from the crew of the International Space Station was among the highlights of the 2004 AMSAT-NA Symposium and Annual Meeting October 8-10 in Arlington, Virginia.

The gathering, for the first time held in conjunction with this week’s Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) International delegates meeting, attracted upward of 200 attendees–among them some of the best-known names in the amateur satellite world. Fincke joined the celebration vicariously by working ARISS Ham Radio Technical Manager Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, during an ISS pass October 9.
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Canada and Europe Celebrate 25 years of Space

Vancouver, B.-C., October 5, 2004 B Before global space industry leaders assembled today at the world’s premier space conference, Dr. Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Mr. Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), highlighted technological, scientific and industrial discovery, exploration and applications, the result of cooperation that has over the past 25 years delivered far reaching social and economic benefits.

Speaking to delegates of the International Astronautics Congress in Vancouver, Dr. Garneau and Mr. Dordain recognized the long-standing history of cooperation between Canada and ESA and the socio-economic benefits that come from the mutual promotion of the peaceful development of space science and technology.
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NOAA SATELLITE MISHAP REPORT RELEASED

The NASA Mishap Board investigating damage to the NOAA-N-Prime satellite has released its final report.

On September 6, 2003, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) N-Prime satellite fell to the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company factory floor in Sunnyvale, Calif. Technicians were working on the spacecraft, when the accident happened. The spacecraft suffered significant damage.

The Board, chaired by the NASA Deputy Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate, had representatives from NASA research centers and the Air Force Space Command, as well as advisors from NOAA and the Federal Aviation Administration.

To view the redacted report on the Internet, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/65776main_noaa_np_mishap.pdf

HISTORIC SPUTNIK FLIGHT

Forty-seven years ago, the world changed, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I on October 4, 1957.

The world’s first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, weighed only 183 pounds. It took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of space exploration.
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INFRARED IMAGES MAY PROVIDE VOLCANO CLUES

NASA scientists took infrared (IR) digital images of Mount Saint Helens’ last week. The images revealed signs of heat below the surface one day before the volcano erupted last Friday in southern Washington. The images may provide valuable clues as to how the volcano erupted.

Scientists flew an IR imaging system aboard a small Cessna Caravan aircraft over the mountain to acquire the data. “Based on the IR signal, the team predicted an imminent eruption,” said Steve Hipskind, acting chief of the Earth Science Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC), Moffett Field, Calif.
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ISS STATUS REPORT: SS04-033

The International Space Station (ISS) crew made steady progress with maintenance work this week. Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and NASA Station Science Officer Mike Fincke restored the primary oxygen generator to partial operation and replaced a cabin air monitoring system.

Padalka and Fincke also began packing for the trip home. The Russian Federal Space Agency announced today launch of the next Station crew, Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, is scheduled for 11:06 p.m. EDT Oct. 13. NASA and Russian Station managers also met today to review preparations for that mission in a Flight Readiness Review and found everything in order.
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The Sally Ride EarthKAM Program

NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) EarthKAM program is launching its eighth year of involving students in the scientific study of Earth from space. The ISS EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) program is designed to inspire student interest in science, math, technology, and geography.

Students have direct access to, and control of, a digital camera mounted on the Space Station. They identify places on Earth to photograph from space, and then use the ISS EarthKAM Web-based interface to calculate exactly when the digital camera should take pictures. Students use their digital images of Earth to study a wide variety of science topics.
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