NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending July 20

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending July 20
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This Week at NASA …

The seven-member crew of STS-118 was at the Kennedy Space Center for the mission's terminal countdown demonstration test. The test is a key stage in the final round of crew training. It includes procedures to remove the crew from the launch pad in an emergency. The exercise concludes with a simulated launch countdown. Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 crew is Commander Scott Kelly, Pilot Charlie Hobaugh and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Dave Williams, Rick Mastracchio, Tracy Caldwell and Barbara R. Morgan. Endeavour's launch is targeted for the evening of August 7.

Marshall Official SOT: "Let’s give a warm Marshall Welcome to the crew of STS-117."
The crew of the successful STS-117 mission visited the Marshall Space Flight Center. Atlantis commander Rick Sturckow and other crewmembers showed highlights of their 14-day mission to employees in the center's Morris Auditorium. STS-117 increased the power capability of the International Space Station and prepared it for the future delivery of European and Japanese laboratories. It also returned Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Suni Williams to Earth, and carried Expedition 15/16 Flight Engineer Clay Anderson to the station.


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Experiments conducted at the Dryden Flight Research Center measured how modern housing construction is affected by sonic booms. A NASA F-18 aircraft flew at high altitudes in unique profiles to produce the explosive sounds. [nat sound of sonic boom] A house built with modern construction methods and materials was rigged with more than 100 sensors inside and out. The sensors measured both the pressure and vibration produced by the booms, which were focused on the area around the house and away from surrounding communities. Engineers will compare the results with data from a similar test conducted in 2006. NASA continues to explore ways to reduce the effects of sonic booms. The information collected from these experiments could someday make overland supersonic flight a reality.


Ed Weiler SOT: "Ready, Let’s do it."

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Goddard Space Flight Center broke ground on a new, environmentally friendly Exploration Sciences Building. The three-story structure will give scientists state-of-the-art laboratories and technology for continued world class research in space and Earth science. The building will be designed to use energy and water efficiently, and will be constructed of materials known to have minimal negative impact on the environment. The multi-million dollar Exploration Sciences Building is the first project of Goddard's campus master plan and anchors a new pedestrian-friendly "science neighborhood."

One of the last remaining Saturn V launch vehicles is getting a new home. The massive three-stage rocket was ceremoniously rolled over from its outdoor perch of almost 40 years at the Marshall Space Flight Center to its new home out of the elements. The 36-story tall Saturn V will be on display inside in a new exhibit hall at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Marshall's official welcome center. The new 42-thousand square foot space is slated to open next January and will seat 350 people.

President Kennedy SOT: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving this goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth."

After President Kennedy said we'd go to the moon by the end of the 1960's…

Launch Announcer SOT: "Ignition TRR."

…it was the Saturn V rocket that got us there. Its cluster of five first stage engines produced 7-and-a-half million pounds of thrust that ultimately powered nine Apollo missions to the moon and back.


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July 21, 1961, Astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom launched on a Mercury Redstone 4 on America's second manned suborbital spaceflight. Like Alan Shepard's two months before, Grissom's suborbital mission helped research and develop human capabilities in space for future orbital flights. From launch to splashdown, Grissom's successful flight traveled 302 miles in less than 16 minutes. But, his Liberty Bell 7 capsule sank shortly after its parachutes brought it down in the Atlantic Ocean. The capsule was recovered on July 20, 19-99, almost 38 years to the day after it sank.

And that's This Week At NASA.
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