NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending Feb. 22

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending Feb. 22
02.22.08
 
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This Week At NASA …

ATLANTIS HOME - ENDEAVOUR READY - KSC
As the STS-122 came to a successful end with the landing of shuttle Atlantis…

MISSION CONTROL: "Main Gear Touch Down…."

Space shuttle Endeavour is in place on launch pad 39A, being readied for mission STS-123. Endeavour will carry the pressured segment of the Kibo Japanese Experiment Logistics Module, plus Spacelab Pallet - 1 which will be deployed by Dextre, Canada’s Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator. STS-123 is commanded by Dom Gorie. The seven-member crew is slated to begin its 16-day mission in early March.

NASA ASSISTS STROKE STUDY - MSFC
The National Space Science and Technology Center at Marshall has teamed up with the University of Alabama Birmingham on a special health study. The study funded by the National Institute of Health is called REGARDS -- Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke. More than 30-thousand people are being surveyed with the primary focus on African-Americans because of their higher risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and stroke. Using NASA remote-sensing satellite data, UAB hopes to learn more about the impact of air quality, heat indexes, temperature, humidity, and other environmental elements on the diseases and conditions targeted in the study.

YOUNG LEADERS SHARE IDEAS - ARC
The Ames Research Center hosted its annual Next Generation Exploration Conference for emerging space leaders. The group discussed innovative approaches to the future of space exploration. The conference focused on opportunities for entrepreneurs in lunar development. Young leaders in space technology collaborated with NASA senior management and generated ideas they presented to the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Commercial Development Policy group and the Innovative Partnerships Program Office.

50 YEARS OF NASA HISTORY - EXPEDITION 8 - HQ
Four years ago this week, on Feb. 26, 2004, the Expedition 8 crew of Commander Mike Foale and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri performed the first spacewalk outside the International Space Station without a human crewmember inside. The duo completed a number of crucial tasks during their three hour-55 minute EVA.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROFILE: JAN BERKELEY, CASSINI SENIOR ENGINEER - JPL
Jan Berkeley grew up in Altadena, California, only 2 miles from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. As a child, Berkeley was interested in engineering, computers and astronomy, and curious about the projects undertaken by JPL. She received firsthand experience as a summer intern for NASA's Galileo mission. After earning an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California, Berkeley returned to JPL began a career as an engineer. Her 20-year career in spacecraft development, tests and operations has included work on Galileo, Deep Space 1 and Cassini missions. Berkeley currently is a lead for Cassini mission operations, which creates onboard sequences, sends commands to the spacecraft, and monitors real-time data.

BERKELEY: "I really do like my work and I don’t get a real appreciation about it until I talk, mostly when I talk with children when I tell them what I do and they get excited…”ah, this is the space lady is coming to talk to us…."

Her interests include playing drums, dancing, choreography, watching live sports, and trivia. Berkeley says one of her role models was the "Star Trek" TV character, Lieutenant Uhura.

BERKELEY: "This is this woman she was the only women and she was a black female. She was working with all these different people, different races, different species even and she’s just doing her job. I knew she was closely tied to the facility and I wanted to meet her and I finally got to meet her. Almost anybody can be a role model if you see someone who’s doing something you would really like to do or learn how to do, that person can be a role model, but when they look just like you, it makes a difference."

And that's This Week At NASA!
 
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