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When the STS-119 crew heads for the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery, Steve Swanson will be one of the four veteran astronauts returning to space.

Swanson made his first flight in June, 2007 on STS-117, when he logged more than 13-and-a-half hours during two EVAs. He’ll be doing a lot of spacewalking on STS-119, too, after helping get Discovery to the ISS.

Steve Swanson: "I’ll be on the flight deck helping the plot and commander do the ascent and entry phase of flight which is a wonderful spot to be in for a mission specialist. I enjoy that tremendously. After that, my main task is to lead the spacewalks. We’ll have four spacewalks. I’ll be out on three of them, the first, second and fourth. For the third one, I’ll be the inside quarterback or choreographer. We call that the IV. I’ll be doing that job for the third one."

Swanson and crewmates will help with the ISS final power up that’ll allow the space station to house six residents. Discovery is tentatively targeted to launch on March 12.

Helping name the International Space Station's next module has become a hit – or, rather, many thousands of hits, on the Internet.

In its first days on the website, the “Name the Node” contest received more than 36-thousand votes from users. Leading the candidates is "Serenity", one of four names suggested by NASA for its new space robotics control tower and observation deck.

You have until March 20th to cast your vote, or write-in a name, at

The winning name will be announced at the Node 3 unveiling April 28 at the Kennedy Space Center. It’s scheduled to arrive at Kennedy April 20 and is targeted for launch to the ISS late this year.

Stennis Center Director Gene Goldman led a team of NASA representatives to Jackson, Mississippi for NASA Day at the Capital. There, they met with state legislators to thank them for their support of the agency. NASA also displayed an exhibit in the Capital Rotunda showcasing successful construction projects made possible by funding from the Magnolia state. The exhibit reinforced the positive impact of these projects on the state’s economy and quality of life. Astronaut Rex Walheim, a veteran of two space shuttle missions, was also on hand to applaud the state’s continued efforts on the Center’s behalf.


The Glenn Research Center’s Roger Storm did pretty well for himself as a contestant on the syndicated TV game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

Meredith Vieira: "You feeling good about yourself?"

Roger Storm: "Excellent!"

Over two nights, Storm, the coordinator of Glenn’s Digital Learning Network, won a total of $250,000!

Meredith Vieira: "It’s Wolf Blitzer. You’re Right!"


Roger Storm: "It was very nerve-racking, you could imagine, but I do television for NASA so that helped."

Not surprisingly, Storm says he’s already found some uses for the money.

Ray Storm: "I said on the show, I’d make my wife happy. When we first married, I got her a quarter-carat, a teaching school diamond, so I got her a very nice ring, first thing. We gotta set aside a bunch for taxes, and second mortgage, and Mr. Visa; we gotta tithe at our church and so that’s pretty much where we think the money is going to go."

Forty years ago, Apollo 9 became the first manned flight of the command service module along with the lunar module. The three-person crew of Jim McDivitt, Rusty Schweickart and Dave Scott conducted several tests critical to landing on the moon, including the lunar module’s engine, backpack life support systems, navigation systems and docking maneuvers. The mission was the second manned launch of a Saturn V rocket and was the third manned mission of the Apollo program.

37 years ago, Pioneer 10 soared atop an Atlas/Centaur rocket for a world outside our solar system. Pioneer lived up to its name, becoming the first spacecraft to cross the asteroid belt, the first to explore the outer solar system, and the first to send back images of the gas giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn. Originally designed for a 21-month mission, Pioneer lasted more than 30 years and is considered one of the most scientifically-rich exploration mission ever undertaken.

Seven years ago, space shuttle Columbia lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center for the Hubble Space Telescope. STS-109 was called Hubble Servicing Mission 3B, although it was actually the fourth such visit to the telescope. (NASA had split the original Servicing Mission 3 into two parts.) During 3B, a new science instrument called the Advanced Camera for Surveys was installed, along with new rigid Solar Arrays, a new Power Control Unit and a new Cryocooler for the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer. STS-109 also reboosted Hubble to a higher orbit. During Hubble’s next servicing mission, astronauts plan to perform component replacements that will keep the telescope functioning at least into 2014.

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