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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, May 8
05.08.09
 
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This Week At NASA…

SHUTTLE UPDATE - KSC

The STS-125 astronauts are in standard prelaunch quarantine for their Monday launch to the Hubble Space Telescope. But fans of this final Hubble Servicing Mission and Mission Specialist Mike Massimino, have kept in touch with him via the social media website, Twitter. A native New Yorker, Massimino continues to provide a personal account of his training, as well as answer questions of those who "tweet" back.

"It seemed like this Twitter idea was a great way to share our experiences with other people." Massimino and his fellow crew members are scheduled to liftoff Monday aboard space shuttle Atlantis at 2:01 p.m. eastern. LRO/LCROSS – KSC

With its arrival at the Kennedy Space Center, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft enters the home stretch for its upcoming launch. Technicians are continuing LRO's launch site processing. The Atlas V rocket that'll propel LRO and its companion spacecraft, LCROSS, to the moon is scheduled to begin its journey in June.

LRO will spend at least one year and as many as four creating a comprehensive atlas of the moon's features and resources, including identification of safe landing sites, research of lunar radiation, and testing of new technology.

LCROSS and its upper stage Centaur rocket will twice impact the lunar surface to help determine whether either of the moon's poles has water ice, a key resource for future lunar pioneers.

119 CREW VISITS – SSC/GRC

NAT: "Good Afternoon I appreciate everybody coming out" STS-119 crew members paid a visit to the Stennis Space Center and the Glenn Research Center to showcase and discuss their recent mission to the International Space Station.

Lee Archambault: "It's really about a whole team together."

On hand to meet and greet was mission commander Lee Archambault, pilot Tony Antonelli and mission specialists Steve Swanson and Ricky Arnold.

The astronauts shared mission highlights with employees and reporters in the StenniSphere visitors center. STS-119 delivered the space station's fourth and final set of solar array wings, completing the station's truss, or backbone. The electrical boost from the new arrays will fully power science experiments and help support a crew of six station residents.

HEALTHY PLASTIC – LaRC

A new advanced aerospace resin developed by NASA is now part of an implantable device for heart failure patients. Created at the Langley Research Center, the highly flexible insulation material, called Soluble Imide (IM-mid), or LaRC-SI, is now used in the Attain Ability® left-heart lead found in cardiac resynchronization therapy, or CRT devices.

Dr. Rob Bryant: "Medtronics got samples of this product and looked at it and figured that they can use for their medical pacemaker wire applications as probably one of the first new wire coating products to hit the market, I'm told with the past twenty years."

A CRT device delivers small, undetectable electrical impulses to both lower chambers of the heart to help them beat together in a more synchronized pattern. This improves the heart's ability to pump blood and oxygen to the body. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this new lead is one of the thinnest available.

EILENE GALLOWAY – HQ

NASA notes the passing of Eilene Galloway, co-author of the National Aeronautics and Space Act.

Called the "grand dame of space" by friends and colleagues, Galloway researched and wrote numerous important Congressional documents about space before the Soviets launched Sputnik in 1957.

The Space Act she helped author was signed into law by President Eisenhower in July of the following year. Later in 1958, she helped then Senator Lyndon Johnson with Congressional hearings that led to the creation of NASA and America's entry into the Space Race.

Eilene Galloway: "He asked me if I could help him with hearings that he wanted to hold on outer space to see whether or not the United States was prepared for this situation; and I said yes I would help him. The only thing I knew about outer space at the time was that the cow had jumped over the moon."

Galloway went on to write legislation promoting international cooperation and the peaceful exploration of space, draft treaties and launch the field of space law and international space law. She also served on nine NASA Advisory Committees.

Eilene Galloway died two days shy of her 103rd birthday.

And that's This Week @ NASA.

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