NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending Nov. 30

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending Nov. 30
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December 6th is the target launch date for space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-122 mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis's seven-man crew will deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory. Columbus will not only allow bigger crews to live and work at the station, but will also increase its capacity for scientific research. In preparation for Atlantis's arrival, Expedition 16's Peggy Whitson and Dan Tani conducted the second of two spacewalks, completing the hookup of electrical and fluid lines.

Chicago native Tani also took time out from his busy schedule for on-orbit interviews with two broadcast stations from the Windy City.

Reporter: "How often do you have to stop and realize I’m in space."

"It's really a ball and you know I worked a long time to train for this mission, and its great to finally be here and get stuff done and its been a really busy time."

A NASA-funded study conducted by Ball State University researchers could help female astronauts on long space missions. The studies findings suggest that short, intense sessions of exercise may help women who are assigned to bed rest stay strong and recuperate more quickly. The results will help NASA develop more effective countermeasures for female astronauts who are on long-duration missions -- fight strength and muscle loss.

Scientists from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey have unveiled a new map of Antarctica that's ten times more detailed than any before. This accurate, true-color map of the continent was stitched together from more than a thousand scenes captured by Landsat satellites over seven years.

The Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore hosted the Astrophysics 2020 conference. Astronomers and scientists met to discuss the future of astronomy in the next decade. The three-day conference culminated in a science writer workshop during which the media got a rundown of planned projects.

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Documentary filmmakers are gearing up to honor NASA's 50th anniversary next year. This crew from London-based Dangerous Films was shooting atop the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A for a six-part series to air next fall on the Discovery Channel. The crew also visited the Gemini Launch pad and the Vehicle Assembly Building.

The Ames Research Center hosted a "Return to the Moon Family Night." Visitors listened as scientists talked about NASA's lunar exploration goals, and participated in activities that included viewing the moon through telescopes. Ames is home to the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite -- L-CROSS, one of several robotic missions NASA will send to the moon in advance of humankind's return there. L-CROSS is scheduled to launch in fall of next year 2008.

And that's This Week At NASA!
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