NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending Dec. 28

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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, Week Ending Dec. 28
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NASA's Space Shuttle Program managers have a plan to address the sensor problem that's delayed two launch attempts of Atlantis. At the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, technicians will make modifications to a part of the external tank's engine cutoff sensor system they believe has been the source of faulty fuel readings. No word yet on how long it'll take to make the modifications and reapply foam to that portion of the shuttle's external tank. Atlantis' STS-122 mission to the International Space Station will deliver and install the Columbus laboratory module.


"Contact and capture, docking confirmed!"

The Progress 27 cargo ship docked at the International Space Station. The unmanned Russian resupply craft delivered 2 1/2 tons of food, fuel, supplies and holiday gifts to Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko and Dan Tani.

Initial flight testing of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, continues at the Dryden Flight Research Center. The highly modified airliner carrying a 2 1/2-meter infrared telescope went aloft to check out how the telescope assembly works in flight. Tests like this will help ready this one-of-a-kind airborne observatory to perform superior, world-class astronomical observations.

A new Exploration Development Laboratory was dedicated in Houston near the Johnson Space Center. The EDL will perform system-level avionics and software testing for Project Orion and other Constellation programs. The EDL is funded by NASA, Lockheed Martin and its major subcontractors, and through State of Texas grants.

Two unmanned aircraft still under development have been transferred by the Air Force to the Dryden Flight Research Center. The Global Hawks will begin their research activities in 2009 in support of NASA's Airborne Science Program. Built by Northrup Grumman, the Global Hawk aircraft can autonomously fly long distances and remain aloft for extended periods of time. This will allow scientists to observe, monitor and measure remote locations here on Earth.

This photo by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls has been honored by United Press International as one of the top pictures of 2007. Ingalls took the photo of the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft on Oct. 8 as it was transported by train to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft launched two days later, bringing Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer and Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Malaysian Spaceflight Participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor to the International Space Station. Ingalls has traveled the world as a photographer for NASA since 1989.

And that's This Week At NASA!
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