Friday, February 22, 2008

Voyage of Columbus

On this the final spacewalk for the STS-122 Atlantis crew, astronaut Rex Walheim holds onto a handrail and spreads his arms at the Columbus laboratory, the newest piece of hardware on the International Space Station.

The European-built Columbus laboratory will host experiments from throughout Europe's scientific community and will be an important part of the orbiting research complex. NASA's own Destiny laboratory is already in orbit as part of the space station. A Japanese laboratory complex will complete a cutting-edge trio of research bases that will host astronauts and experiments at the station.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Russian Tu-95 Bear

PACIFIC (Feb. 2, 2008) One of two Russian Tu-95 Bear long rang bomber aircraft which neared the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Feb. 9, 2008 south of Japan. As standard procedure the carrier launched a fighter intercept of F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVN ) 11 as escort. Nimitz was transiting through the Western Pacific on a regularly scheduled deployment when the incident occurred.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Space shuttle Endeavour

02/12/2008 -- KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- In the Vehicle Assembly Building, space shuttle Endeavour is lowered into high bay 1 toward the external tank seen below. The shuttle will be mated with the tank and solid rocket boosters in preparation for launch on the STS-123 mission, targeted for March 11. The mission will deliver the first section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, Dextre.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Atlantis Launch

As if emerging from a cocoon, space shuttle Atlantis races into the sky on mission STS-122 to the International Space Station. The launch is the third attempt for Atlantis since December 2007 to carry the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. During the 11-day mission, the crew's prime objective is to attach the laboratory to the Harmony module, adding to the station's size and capabilities.