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NASA TV's This Week @NASA, November 12, 2010
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Mission managers say November 30th will be the new targeted launch date for STS-133. This revised schedule gives engineers and technicians ample time to correct a series of unrelated problems that delayed Discovery’s launch earlier this month.

STS-133, with crew members Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Tim Kopra, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott, is the last shuttle mission for 2010, and the next-to-last planned flight in the history of the Space Shuttle Program.

Discovery would liftoff to the International Space Station on its final voyage at 4:02 am Eastern on Nov. 30.


Bobby Braun: "By going to the moon and returning human safely the United States became a technology leader."

NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun was among more than 20 speakers featured at the second TEDx NASA conference held at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Hosted by the Langley Research Center, TEDx focused on education, innovation, family, technology, art and space travel.

Bobby Braun: "They built rocket 36 stories tall they built engines, more powerful than anything we have ever built before."

Joining Braun was Jim Green, director of NASA's planetary science mission.

Jim Green: "Our early humans on Earth looked into the sky and they incorporated the stars, they created their shapes and figures constellations, they saw the wondering stars which we now know are planets, and they saw the comets, but the comets got a bad rap." TED is a small nonprofit organization devoted to sharing ideas between three different disciplines: Technology, Entertainment, and Design.

The late NASA research pilot and X-15 astronaut Joe Walker was among eight pioneers of flight recently inducted into Nevada’s newly-established Aerospace Hall of Fame in Henderson. Walker was cited for his leading role in collecting data about, among other things, flying at hypersonic speeds; use of reaction controls for flight above the atmosphere; piloting techniques for re-entry; and flight instrumentation. On August 22, 1963, Walker’s X-15 established an unofficial world altitude record of 354,200 feet – more than 67 miles –during a mission launched near Fallon, Nevada. His altitude record stood for 41 years until eclipsed by Scaled Composites' Space Ship One in 2004.


NASA Admin. Charles Bolden: "It’s hard to believe that we have been doing this since 1974, but it’s a tradition well worth continuing."

Employees making significant contributions to the Headquarters community were recognized at HQ’s annual Honor Awards. Administrator Charlie Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver thanked civil servants and contractors for their achievements and commitment to America’s space program.

Lori Garver: "This is a privilege to recognize the 24 of you who are awarded today, all of you really deserve our thanks and appreciation."

Numerous awards and medals were handed out in recognition of group and individual achievements, including those for outstanding leadership and exceptional service.

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 25 crew members Doug Wheelock and Scott Kelly offered a special Veterans Day tribute to the nation’s servicemen and women.

Doug Wheelock: "We just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your sacrifice and years of service for both your countrymen, your families and people that you’d never even have a chance to meet."

Wheelock, an Army Colonel, and Navy captain Kelly displayed the Medal of Honor awarded to Army Sergeant Lester R. Stone, Jr., who gave his life in the line of duty in Vietnam on March 3, 1969.

Scott Kelly: "From the International Space Station, we’d like to thank you for your service."

The Marshall Space Flight Center joined with Team Redstone and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center to celebrate American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month. Guest speaker was retired NASA astronaut John Herrington. A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Herrington was the first Native person to launch into space, serving as a mission specialist aboard STS-113 in 2002.

John Herrington: "I am in this position where can be a role model to the kids, might not think they have a role model as a astronaut, growing up is just the nature of who I am and my family, that it is inherited of who you are, that we have this pride in our heritage and that pride then goes into our work as well, and also when I got to NASA I realized that this guys is Native American, I felt like I had a little bit extra that I had to prove I am here because I am capable, can do the job, and it was a challenge, I really look forward to the opportunity to prove my worth and to honor who my heritage is."

The event also featured flint-knapping, tepee-building and other customs demonstrated by members of the United Cherokee Ani-Yun-Wiya Nation, and samplings of authentic Native foods, along with traditional music and dancing by flutist Jimmy "Yellowhorse" Webster and performer Tammera Hicks.

NASA Headquarters, the Southwest Interagency Committee and the Department of Health and Human Services observed Native Heritage Month by co-producing a program featuring a keynote address by celebrated poet, musician, and member of the Muscogee Creek tribe, Joy Harjo.

The event showcased other cultural presentations as well, including music by the Black Bear Singers.

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