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ISS Update: Interviews (Jan. 7-11, 2013)
Interviews: International Space Station Update

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ISS Update: Adam Naids on Creating “NASA Johnson Style” – 01.11.13
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Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot talks to Adam Naids, Hardware Development Engineer, one of the creators of the successful “Gangnam Style” parody video “NASA Johnson Style.” Featured on NASA’s YouTube channel ReelNASA, the video has accumulated more than 4 million views.

Naids and his fellow coop students at the time worked to secure various NASA facilities, hardware and people for the making of the video. Several Johnson Space Center executives and astronauts are featured in the video. More than a hundred NASA employees also took part in the video shoot.

The purpose of the entertaining video is to “educate and inspire” the public about NASA’s mission now and in the future. Students and educators commented on the YouTube video about how exciting and fun it was to show to their classes.

Watch the “NASA Johnson Style” video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Sar5WT76kE
Visit ReelNASA… http://www.youtube.com/user/ReelNASA?feature=mhee

Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation.

ISS Update: Final Week for Long Time Flight Director Paul Dye – 01.11.13
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Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot sits down with Flight Director Paul Dye in the Station Flight Control Room. In his final week as a flight director, Dye discusses his experiences from the beginning with the shuttle program to his current role with the station program.

Paul Dye began his career at NASA as a student from the University of Minnesota. He already had a commercial pilot’s license and was an experienced diver before being hired as a flight controller. Dye describes the flight director’s role as a leadership position rather than a management position. In Mission Control, Dye says a flight controller’s two main duties are “flight safety and mission success.”

It was during STS-63, NASA’s second mission to the Russian Mir space station, that Dye directed his first shuttle flight in 1995. He was flight director for 38 more missions and lead flight director during nine. He was also one of the flight directors for STS-135 in 2011, the final mission of the Space Shuttle Program.

Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation.

ISS Update: Students Test Their Satellite Control Skills – 01.10.13
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Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot conducts a phone interview with Dr. Alvar Saenz-Otero from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Saenz-Otero is the lead scientist for the SPHERES-Zero-Robotics experiment.

SPHERES, which stands for Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, is an experiment that allows undergraduate and high school students to program a set of small satellites to perform a series of tasks. The students compete against each other testing their programming skills and satellite control skills. The students first complete a series of simulations online and the best of those then test their code on real hardware inside the International Space Station.

35 control tests have already been conducted since the experiment began in 2006. The 36th test is the final competition taking place at MIT with over 20 teams of high school students competing against each other.

Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation.