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Monday, August 31, 2009

Sometimes Missions get terminated early, Sometimes they don't make it to orbit, Then again OK.

Contact lost, India terminates first moon mission

BANGALORE, India (Reuters) - India terminated its first mission to the moon Sunday, a spokesman for the national space agency said, a day after scientists lost all contact with an unmanned spacecraft orbiting the moon.

"Our efforts to establish contact have failed. The mission has been terminated," said S. Satish, spokesman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). "There was no point continuing with the mission."
Anomaly spoils China's string of successful launches
Posted: August 31, 2009

Breaking a 13-year streak of successful launches, a Chinese Long March rocket failed to deliver an Indonesian communications satellite to its planned orbit Monday.
-- NASA STS-128 MCC Status Report #06 1 p.m. CDT Monday, Aug. 31, 2009
-- NASA STS-128 Execute Package FD04
-- NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 31 August 2009

"Pilot Kevin Ford and Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Mike Barratt will use the station robotic arm to move the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) from Discovery's payload bay to the Earth-facing port on the station's Harmony module. They're expected to start the nearly three-hour maneuver just after 2:30 p.m. Mission specialists Christer Fuglesang of the European Space Agency and Tim Kopra will assist with the attachment and activation activity. After leak checks and pressurization, the teams are expected to open the hatches to the cargo module at 12:34 a.m. Tuesday. The MPLM is carrying 15,000 pounds of supplies and equipment for use on the station, including more science facilities. The crew will spend the next several days
unloading the hardware."

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NASA to Brief Media about Completion of Orion Vehicle Design Review

WASHINGTON -- NASA will host a teleconference Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. EDT to discuss the conclusion of the preliminary design review for the Orion crew exploration vehicle.

The preliminary design review is one of a series of reviews that occurs before hardware manufacturing may begin. As the review process progresses, detailed parts of the vehicle design are assessed to ensure the overall system can meet all NASA requirements for safe and reliable flight. The Orion Project's review process culminates in a board meeting held at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston beginning Aug. 31.

The briefing participants are:
-Geoff Yoder, director, Constellation Systems Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington
-Jeff Hanley, manager, Constellation Program, NASA's Johnson Space Center
-Mark Geyer, manager, Orion Project, NASA's Johnson Space Center

Reporters should contact Grey Hautaluoma at 202-358-0668, or Ashley
Edwards at 202-358-1756, by noon Sept. 1 for dial-in information.

To listen to live streaming audio of the call, visit:

For more information about the Orion crew exploration vehicle, visit:


The H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) is a unmanned resupply spacecraft to resupply the Kibō Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) and the rest of the International Space Station (ISS). The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been working on the design since the early 1990s. Originally intended to be launched in 2001, The first mission is scheduled on September 11, 2009.



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