Taking care of Airmen ‘deploys’ chaplains to the last frontier

Twenty-four hours a day Airmen can go to a chaplain to tell their deepest secrets in confidence, receive counseling or spiritual care, or be comforted by these non-combatant Airmen who will travel the world to take care of service members and their families.

This is no different for the Airmen who work and live at Clear Air Force Station, deep in America's last frontier.

Chaplains from Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska, travel the icy roads to the remote radar station every other week to aid the Airmen there in completing the mission of providing early warning of intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

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Crawler-Transporter Passes Milestone Test at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center

The crawler-transporter that will carry NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft to Launch Pad 39B for launch on Exploration Mission-1 in 2017 recently passed the first phase of an important milestone test at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Ground Systems Development and Operations Program completed testing of new traction roller bearings on crawler-transporter 2 (CT-2), on two of the massive vehicle’s truck sections, A and C, in late January. The new roller bearing assemblies that were installed on one side of the crawler are visible in this Jan. 31, 2014 image. CT-2 returned to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center, where work continues to install new roller bearing assemblies on the B and D truck sections. For more than 45 years the crawler-transporters were used to transport the mobile launcher platform and the Apollo-Saturn V rockets and, later, space shuttles to Launch Pads 39A and B. Upgrades to CT-2 are necessary in order to increase the lifted-load capacity from 12 million to 18 million pounds to support the weight of the mobile launcher and future launch vehicles, including the SLS and Orion. > Read more Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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NASA Television Airs Departure of Commercial Cargo Ship from Space Station

Orbital Sciences' Cygnus cargo spacecraft, which delivered almost a ton-and-a-half of supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station in January, will complete its month-long mission to the orbiting laboratory Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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Nile Delta, Egypt

This night-time image of the Nile River running into the delta that ends in the Mediterranean Sea clearly shows Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, and its satellite cities. The image taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station shows how humans have colonised our planet over the ages.

To the left is 6th of October City that was established in 1979. The modern city reveals itself by the squarer lines compared to the more organic Cairo that evolved over thousands of years of human settlement. The regular block of light above and to the right of 6th of October City is Sheikh Zayed City, established in 1995.

To the right of Cairo are even newer settlements, the aptly named New Cairo City houses many universities and lies in the desert further away from the resource-rich Nile river. These satellite cities attract people away from the densely populated Cairo.

To the North (top-right in this picture) lie the agricultural fields that rely on water from the Nile River. Interspersed at crossroads are smaller cities and villages that give off the distinctive yellow glow of human settlements at night.  

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