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Transcript: This Week at NASA, October 30 - November 4
11.04.05

THIS WEEK AT NASA - NOVEMBER 4, 2005

GRIFFIN ON 'THE HILL' - HQ

NASA Administrator Mike Griffin testified November 3rd before the House Science Committee on the status of the Agency's programs. Griffin told committee members that NASA is working hard and continuing to move forward with its missions:

Griffin SOT: “…I believe that NASA with your help has made some steady progress. It has not been easy. NASA has suffered setbacks especially in the aftermath of Katrina. A lot of work needs to be done and we need this committee’s help in maintaining our progress.

THRIVE AT FIVE - JSC

Commander Bill McArthur SOT: "...We send our congratulations and thanks to the people around the world that support the international space station and its crews."

On November 2, NASA celebrated the 5th anniversary of continuous human habitation aboard the international space station. To mark the occasion, current station residents, Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, held a pair of in-flight interviews with reporters from ABC and CBS News. The Expedition 12 crew expressed excitement about reaching this important milestone.

Commander Bill McArthur SOT "...We've done things that were just inconceivable fifty years ago. I think we've demonstrated that human beings can live and work in space and that given the will we can return to the moon not just to visit but to stay there permanently and, in the not too distant future, send people to Mars."

The first station crew arrived at the complex Nov. 2, 2000, to begin this unprecedented scientific and technological experiment.

WARM WELCOME – JSC

Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips received a warm welcome as they returned to the United States Friday, Oct. 28. The Russian cosmonaut and U.S. astronaut recently completed a six-month stay on the international space station. They returned to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft landing in Kazakhstan October 10.

SCIENTISTS SEE THE LIGHT - GSFC

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists say they have detected light that may be from the earliest objects in the universe, more than 13 billion years ago. If confirmed, this landmark observation provides a glimpse of the time when the Big Bang brought the universe to life.

STAR SURPRISE - CXC

According to new results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, a massive star collapsed to form a neutron star -- not a black hole as expected. This discovery shows that nature has a harder time making black holes than previously thought.

NEW LOOK - ARC

NASA and The Spaceworld Foundation are collaborating on a new venture that will give the Ames-based Exploration Center a brand new look and format. Under the terms of a three-year agreement, the SpaceWorld Foundation will develop space-related content and exhibits for the NASA Exploration Center while the Ames Research Center continues to provide staffing and other in-kind services. For approximately 18 months, The NASA Exploration Center will remain open keeping it’s old look. Then, after a short refurbishment period, the facility will re-launch as "SpaceWorld at NASA" in 2007.

DEDICATION – KSC

STS-114 Commander Eileen Collins helped dedicate a wing of the Veteran Affairs Clinic in Viera, Florida, November 1. The wing was named Discovery, after Collins's Return to Flight space shuttle. The entire STS-114 crew then joined Kennedy Space Center employees to celebrate last summer's successful Return to Flight mission.



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