NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending June 1

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending June 1
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After a two-day Flight Readiness Review, Shuttle Program Managers officially announced June 8 is the launch date for STS-117. Launch time is 7:38 p.m. Eastern.

Wayne Hale SOT: "I can come to you today and say that we are extremely confident. We have done perfectly good repairs and we will have a tank that is safe to fly."

During the 11-day mission aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis the STS-117 crew will deliver two more truss segments and a pair of solar arrays to the International Space Station. Astronaut Rick Sturckow is the commander. The rest of the crew is Pilot Lee Archambault, Mission Specialists Jim Reilly, Steve Swanson, Patrick Forrester, Danny Olivas and Clay Anderson, who will remain aboard the station replacing Suni Williams.

Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov completed the first of two scheduled spacewalks. They installed orbital debris protection panels on the International Space Station's Zvezda service module, rerouted cables and completed several other tasks.

This image by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory points to an awesome upheaval in a massive galaxy cluster. Astronomers think a bright arc of extremely hot gas that extends over two million light years was a caused by a powerful collision of two massive galaxy clusters. Such clusters are among the largest structures in the universe. If two of them collided at high speeds, astronomers believe they would unleash enormous amounts of energy, as indicated here by Chandra's X-ray data.

After a series of checkout flights, SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, flew to its new home -- the Dryden Flight Research Center. During the next three years SOFIA's 45,000 pound telescope system will be fully integrated within the modified 747 airliner. That'll include installing the mechanism that opens the fuselage door through which the telescope will conduct observations. SOFIA flies above most of the water vapor in Earth's atmosphere. At altitude, SOFIA will produce better quality infrared astronomy than earthbound telescopes.

Launch Announcer: "Ignition. Lift-off."

This week in NASA history: June 3rd, 1965. Gemini IV launched from the Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Jim McDivitt and Ed White aboard. Several hours into their four-day mission, White became the first American to walk in space.

Astronaut Ed White SOT: "I feel like a million dollars."

White's tethered excursion outside the capsule lasted 23 minutes. The Gemini program served as a bridge between Mercury and Apollo, testing equipment and procedures, and prepared NASA astronauts for moon landings.

And that's this Week In NASA …
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