Daily Archives: April 2, 2008

Enrichment Problems in Space Science VI – Free Web Curriculum Discussion April 4, 2008

John Ensworth at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the NASA Science Mission Directorate invite you to attend an upcoming online professional development workshop.  

Topic: Enrichment Problems in Space Science VI

In the sixth bi-monthly installment of these mission- and inquiry-oriented mathematics problems, Dr. Sten Odenwald will supply background for and lead participants through problems from his “Problems in Space Science” series. The goal of these problems is to teach students about space weather by using mathematics. Each problem begins with real world questions, missions and situations, and applies the necessary mathematics for a solution. Participants may ask questions and work along in this fully interactive Webinar environment. http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov

Date: Friday, April 4, 2008
Time: 3:00 p.m., EDT (Greenwich Mean Time -04:00, New York)

Participants must first register for this meeting. There is no cost for this event.
Note: Only the first 40 registrants will be accepted. Register ASAP!

If this meeting is full, you will receive an e-mail that reads:
“Your registration for this meeting is denied.”
In that case, we ask you to please join us in the next workshop!
If you do miss this event, we will send you the link to a video archive of the workshop so you will still be able to benefit from the exercises.

Please join the meeting 10-15 minutes before start to make sure your computer is prepared to run the Webex software. You may also pre-install the Webex plug-in following the instructions at the bottom of this e-mail.

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Where to register for this meeting
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1. Go to https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=100327002&RG=1
2. Register for the meeting.

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the meeting.

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Jules Verne ATV Scheduled to Dock With Space Station on April 3, 2008

(A news flash from our friends at OMSI) 

The ATV Jules Verne is scheduled to dock with ISS at 7:41 am PDT Thursday morning. They will be visible over Portland this coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. For more information, check out the links below. Sighting times are subject to change by NASA and ESA. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 2
The ISS will be visible at 9:31 pm followed by ATV Jules Verne 9:36 pm moving from N to NE at altitude of 24 degrees. (subject to change)

Thursday, April 3
The ISS and ATV Jules Verne will be visible at 8:18 pm moving from WNW to NE at altitude of 24 degrees. Again at 9:53 pm moving from NW to NNW at altitude of 26 degrees. (subject to change)

Friday, April 4
The ISS and ATV Jules Verne will be visible at 8:40 pm moving from NW to NE at altitude of 23 degrees. Again at 10:14 pm moving from NW to NW at altitude of 21 degrees. (subject to change)

Sighting source: http://www.heavens-above.com/?lat=45.524&lng=-122.675&alt=0&loc=Portland&TZ=PST
ISS Main page: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
ATV: http://www.esa.int/esaMI/ATV/SEMDQL5QGEF_0.html

FROM NASA (4/2/08):
The Expedition 16 crew of the International Space Station returned to science and station maintenance activities Tuesday after Monday’s successful test approach of the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).

Commander Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman worked together to set up equipment for a periodic physical fitness evaluation. Reisman exercised on the station’s cycle ergometer while wearing a heart rate monitor. Whitson collected data from this session, which exercise physiologists and flight surgeons will use to assess Reisman’s health and make adjustments to his exercise regimen if needed.

Later, Reisman worked in the Quest airlock, performing maintenance on the cooling loops of the U.S. spacesuits.

In preparation for the ATV docking on Thursday, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko checked the hardware needed to perform leak checks in the event of a failure in the power unit of the cargo carrier’s depress valve.

The Jules Verne approached the station on Monday for its “Demo Day 2” practice maneuvers. It moved to within 36 feet of the Zvezda Service Module in a rehearsal for docking on Thursday.

The ATV reached its closest point to the station at 12:38 p.m. EDT, at which time it was commanded by the crew to retreat to a point 62 feet away. From there it executed an “escape” command to depart the station for its three-day phasing prior to final approach and docking around 10:41 a.m. Thursday.

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