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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, August 7
08.7.09
 
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STS-127 BACK HOME – KSC

EVA Sot: "I got it right on the upper left front side. Ready for your instructions."

STS-127 executed five spacewalks outside the International Space Station to install the final components of Japan’s Kibo Laboratory. And, with the help of Kibo’s robotic arm, the mission’s spacewalkers, Dave Wolf, Tom Marshburn and Chris Cassidy, set up three experiments on one of Kibo’s two new platforms.

(nat of new crew member welcome – bell ringing)

STS-127 also swapped out Tim Kopra with Koichi Wakata, who’d spent four months aboard the ISS.

Mission Control: "Nose Gear Touchdown."

Now, STS-127 commander Mark Polansky, pilot Doug Hurley, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette, and Wolf, Marshburn, Cassidy and Wakata are all back home after a picture-perfect landing by space shuttle Endeavour at the Kennedy Space Center.

Mark Polansky: "What a fantastic mission. We are thrilled to be a part of a team that is able to accomplish missions like this."

STS-127’s 16-day flight was the 23rd for Endeavour and the 29th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

HUBBLE SNAPS JUPITER DEBRIS
NASA scientists interrupted checkout and calibration of the recently-refurbished Hubble Space Telescope to capture images of a new, expanding spot on the face of Jupiter. Discovered by an amateur Australian astronomer, the spot was created when a small comet or asteroid plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere and disintegrated. A similar event was captured only once before, 15 years ago, when Jupiter was hit by fragments from comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. The images taken by HST’s new Wide Field Camera 3 are the sharpest visible-light pictures taken of the atmospheric debris from the impact, determined to be about the size of the Pacific Ocean.

HUBBLE CREW VISIT – STScI
The seven astronauts who repaired and upgraded Hubble in May celebrated the successful servicing mission with the scientists who use the observatory to study the universe. Commander Scott Altman and crew presented video from their mission and met with the staff of the Space Telescope Science Institute and their families to thank them for their support and their efforts during the mission. Located in Baltimore, the Space Telescope Science Institute develops and executes Hubble's scientific program.

OSH KOSH - LARC
As they do each summer, thousands of flight enthusiasts crowded a small airfield in central Wisconsin for what’s billed as the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.

More than 25-hundred aircraft, from antiques and homebuilt to ultralights and warbirds are on display at the Wittman Regional Airport, home of the Experimental Aircraft Association and its annual AirVenture, better known simply by its locale: Oshkosh. As a world-leader in aeronautics, for which its first “A” stands, NASA comes to Oshkosh each year to showcase its aircraft. This year those included a NASA Gulfstream III used as a test-bed for a variety of airborne research experiments. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the first Apollo lunar landing, a moon rock collected by astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1971 during Apollo 14 mission was also on display.

ASTRONAUT VISIT - GRC
Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke met with employees of the Glenn Research Center and shared highlights from his six month stay aboard the International Space Station.

Finke SOT:
While at Glenn, Finke met with researchers and reviewed some of the Glenn-designed experiments he worked on during Expedition 18.

HYBRID WING DEDICATION - GRC
At another Glenn event, a model of a futuristic aircraft concept, the hybrid wing body was unveiled. The 1:10 scale model, roughly the size of a mid-sized vehicle, was developed by NASA and Boeing. It’s called a hybrid wing body because its wings and fuselage blend together in a triangular shape. Glenn is testing parts of a new propulsion system that can be embedded in the wing of the airplane. The hybrid wing concept could revolutionize air travel because of its potential to increase fuel efficiency while reducing noise and emissions.

INSPIRED - DFRC
Student participating in NASA’s summer internship program – INSPIRE -- at the Dryden Flight Research Center are learning first-hand about the start-to-finish process of flight testing experimental aircraft. The students are working in teams to build and flight test two small-scale remote-controlled airplanes, from technical reviews and safety analyses to the actual data-collection flights. The INSPIRE program provides the opportunity for students interested in careers in engineering to get direct project experience prior to entering their senior year of high school or first semester of college.

And that's This Week At NASA!

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