NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending May 11

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending May 11
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Astronaut Michael Foale SOT. "Your majesty, welcome to NASA. Thank you very much for being here today."

During a live downlink from the International Space Station, the Expedition 15 Crew greeted Queen Elizabeth as she began a visit to the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Fyodor Yurchikhin SOT: "On behalf of the Expedition 15 crew it is an honor."

During the downlink her husband, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Edinburgh met with the Crew of the next Hubble Servicing Mission.

The Royals were officially welcomed at a ceremony attended by an assortment of dignitaries and Goddard employees.

Children singing SOT: "It's a small world after all. It's a small world after all."

Michael Griffin SOT: "Your visit allows us to highlight and to celebrate the great tradition of exploration and discovery that bind the British and American people."

A choir made-up of the children of Center employees sang for her Majesty before she departed for the Visitor’s Center. There she spoke with students, viewed several science exhibits, and witnessed a demonstration of the Center’s new Science on a Sphere projection system. The Royal visit concluded with a tree-planting ceremony on the grounds of the Visitor's Center.

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory may have discovered a new type of supernova located 240 million light years away from Earth. With help from ground-based optical telescopes, Chandra may have recorded a new type of supernova, and the brightest stellar explosion on record.

Dr. Nathan Smith SOT: "The reason we’re so excited about this is that the supernova is so powerful that we think it requires, it may require, a new type of explosion mechanism that has been predicted theoretically, but never has been actually observed before."

“ This artist's illustration shows what the supernova known as SN 2006gy, may have looked like. The fireworks-like material, seen in white, shows the explosive death of an extremely massive star, perhaps 150 times the size of our sun.

Teams from Dryden Flight Research Center and Edwards Air Force Base participated in a joint rescue training exercise that simulated a landing mishap of a space shuttle and its crew. Held periodically, the exercises help train fire and rescue teams to evacuate crewmembers from the orbiter safely and teach medical personnel emergency medical procedures. The Dryden Flight Research Center is NASA’s primary alternate landing site for the Shuttle.

NASA helped celebrate Public Service Recognition Week by displaying a number of exhibits on the National Mall in Washington. One of the biggest attractions was a model of the James Webb Space Telescope. The model, approximately 80 feet long, 40 feet wide and 40 feet tall, will give visitors a better understanding of the size, scale and complexity of this orbiting infrared observatory. Targeted for launch in 2013, the next-generation space telescope will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are teaming up to promote students' skills in science, technology, engineering and math. The partnership consist of a broad range of cooperative outreach activities, including a NASA curriculum called "Smart Skies,” which is an online air traffic control simulator for students in fifth through ninth grades. The activities offer a fun and exciting way for students to learn math, and develop problem-solving skills.

NASA's best of the best were celebrated the annual Honor Awards event at Headquarters. More than 60 agency employees were recognized for their accomplishments in support of NASA's mission. Fellow employees and managers chose the awardees from nominations. The official presentations were made by Deputy Administrator Shana Dale.

In celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, NASA recognizes the accomplishments of astronaut Ed Lu. An astronaut since 1995, Lu spent more than 206 days in space, becoming the first American to launch as the flight engineer of a Soyuz spacecraft, and the first American to launch and land on a Soyuz spacecraft. He served as a mission specialist on STS-84 and STS-106, and on Expedition 7 as the International Space Station Science Officer and flight engineer. While on orbit, Lu also made theoretical advances that have helped scientists understand solar flares. Among his many awards, Ed Lu has received the NASA Exceptional Service and Distinguished Service Medals.

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